instinctive

[ in-stingk-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv /

adjective

of, relating to, or of the nature of instinct.
prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned: an instinctive will to survive.

Nearby words

  1. instil,
  2. instill,
  3. instillation,
  4. instillator,
  5. instinct,
  6. instinctively,
  7. instinctual,
  8. institute,
  9. instituter,
  10. institutes

Also in·stinc·tu·al [in-stingk-choo-uhl] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tʃu əl/.

Origin of instinctive

First recorded in 1640–50; instinct1 + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for instinctive

instinctive

instinctual

/ (ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
conditioned so as to appear innatean instinctive movement in driving
Derived Formsinstinctively or instinctually, adverb

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Word Origin and History for instinctive

instinctive

adj.

1610s (implied in instinctively), from Latin instinct-, past participle stem of instinguere (see instinct) + -ive. Related: Instinctiveness.

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