Origin of instinct1
Synonyms for instinct
Origin of instinct2
Examples from the Web for instinct
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 29, 2014
In a flash he deflects the shot, with the speed of instinct, right past the goalkeeper.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
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
November 10, 2014
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
August 25, 2014
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
Historical Examples of instinct
She said it, as if guided by an instinct, to sound the depth of his love for her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
What instinct made you choose that shade of pale green for your frock?Viviette
William J. Locke
Was it an instinct, she wondered—a reminder that there was in them material for manhood?
Yet she wondered if the instinct were not dormant, needing but the suggestion.
His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.Within the Law
- 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.