With her European trip, Michelle Obama showed the instincts to become a style icon on par with a certain British princess.
At such a moment, the pilot has no resources other than his own instincts and experience.
"It really just comes down to trusting your instincts and creating things that you'd use yourself," he says.
We just shared our impressions, our instincts, and our ideas.
By invoking hapless Sudanese and Eritreans, the argument avoids our instincts that Palestinian refugees are a political issue.
The hunter's instincts, the hunter's tactics were theirs, and no hunter comes out into the open if he can help it.
The ninth book describes the habits and instincts of animals.
Which, of course, is not equivalent to showing that all instincts must have been developed by natural selection alone.
He is not parsimonious, but his instincts and habits have been prudent.
But beneficial habits may, under the fostering care of selection, develop into instincts.
early 15c., "a prompting," from Latin instinctus "instigation, impulse," noun use of past participle of instinguere "to incite, impel," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + stinguere "prick, goad," from PIE *steig- "to prick, stick, pierce" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "animal faculty of intuitive perception" is from mid-15c., from notion of "natural prompting." Sense of "innate tendency" is first recorded 1560s.
instinct in·stinct (ĭn'stĭngkt')
An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli.
A powerful motivation or impulse.
An inherited tendency of an organism to behave in a certain way, usually in reaction to its environment and for the purpose of fulfilling a specific need. The development and performance of instinctive behavior does not depend upon the specific details of an individual's learning experiences. Instead, instinctive behavior develops in the same way for all individuals of the same species or of the same sex of a species. For example, birds will build the form of nest typical of their species although they may never have seen such a nest being built before. Some butterfly species undertake long migrations to wintering grounds that they have never seen. Behavior in animals often reflects the influence of a combination of instinct and learning. The basic song pattern of many bird species is inherited, but it is often refined by learning from other members of the species. Dogs that naturally seek to gather animals such as sheep or cattle into a group are said to have a herding instinct, but the effective use of this instinct by the dog also requires learning on the dog's part. Instinct, as opposed to reflex, is usually used of inherited behavior patterns that are more complex or sometimes involve a degree of interaction with learning processes.
Behavior that is not learned but passed between generations by heredity.