instinctive

[in-stingk-tiv]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of instinct.
  2. prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned: an instinctive will to survive.
Also in·stinc·tu·al [in-stingk-choo-uhl] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tʃu əl/.

Origin of instinctive

First recorded in 1640–50; instinct1 + -ive
Related formsin·stinc·tive·ly, in·stinc·tu·al·ly, adverbhalf-in·stinc·tive, adjectivehalf-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·stinc·tive, adjectivenon·in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·stinc·tu·al, adjectivenon·in·stinc·tu·al·ly, adverbsem·i-in·stinc·tive, adjectivesem·i-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbun·in·stinc·tive, adjectiveun·in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbun·in·stinc·tive·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of instinctive

Historical Examples of instinctive

  • Plainly, too, he was a man of action and a man who engaged all her instinctive liking.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He turned a little way from her, as if in instinctive repugnance.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But with the dog and the rose this instinctive principle is reversed.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Then, impelled by an instinctive sense of justice, she resumed.

  • They might be town-reared dogs, but the instinctive fear of the Wild was theirs just the same.

    White Fang

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for instinctive

instinctive

instinctual

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
  2. 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
adj.

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

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