[ in-stingk-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv /


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

Origin of instinctive

First recorded in 1640–50; instinct1 + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM instinctive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for instinctive



/ (ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv) /


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

Derived forms of instinctive

instinctively or instinctually, adverb
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