Origin of instinct1
Origin of instinct2
Examples from the Web for instinct
Certainly my instinct is to identify with the police, no matter the circumstance.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a flash he deflects the shot, with the speed of instinct, right past the goalkeeper.
The human desire for knowledge and exploration is an absolute good, and we need to follow that instinct.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At times he was wobbly about whether he really had enough sources to support what his instinct told him was the truth.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With so few resources, they get by on little more than instinct and family love.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream|Tracy Droz Tragos|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had in the highest degree what is called in human nature "genius," and in dogs and horses "instinct."The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And the vitals of a wolf could no more strongly have felt the instinct to rend.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
Again, this Confederate soldier was born and reared a gentleman, was so by instinct.The Story of a Confederate boy in the Civil War|David E. Johnston
The conclusion is irresistible—it is not reason but instinct that is their guide.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)|William Kirby
Thanks about the instinct of nidification, and for your answers on many points.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II|Charles Darwin
- animated or impelled (by)
- imbued or infused (with)
Word Origin for instinct
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.
Behavior that is not learned but passed between generations by heredity.