in a way that is innate, unlearned, or not under conscious control:A smiling mouth raises the pitch of the voice, which is instinctively perceived as less dominant and more approachable.My few friends were often unavailable for play, so I instinctively turned to the family dog.
in a way that stems from natural insight or inclination; intuitively: The exhibits are intended to be used instinctively, and the instructions and explanations are easy to understand.
- Also in·stinc·tu·al·ly .
- half-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverb
- non·in·stinc·tive·ly, adverb
- non·in·stinc·tu·al·ly, adverb
- sem·i-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverb
- un·in·stinc·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use instinctively in a sentence
You might still find yourself pausing, instinctively, over concerns about Covid-19 vaccination.10 of the most common concerns about the Covid-19 vaccines | Annalisa Merelli | December 19, 2020 | Quartz
Logan said that although this is instinctively jarring to creatives, it’s actually a development brands should not be afraid to embrace and that it can free creative teams to concentrate on other areas where their work is needed.Deep Dive: How to grow e-commerce capabilities on Amazon | Pierre Bienaimé | December 15, 2020 | Digiday
It’s easy to think that hiring a professional will mean they instinctively know exactly what the team wants.How marketers can avoid threats and claim opportunities with distributed teams | Fiverr | November 23, 2020 | Digiday
That’s similar to what you might instinctively do when the ground below is shaken — crouch to keep from falling down.
Keeping track of time is something we do instinctively, and our instincts have recently been supplemented by cultural inventions such as clocks and calendars, which train our brains to map its instincts onto scales and increments.The Neurology of Flow States - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Heather Berlin | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
Or perhaps we instinctively classify Cubans as a people accustomed to being told what it is they need and want.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor | Michael Moynihan | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And he instinctively understood the marketplace—whether of ideas or something more concrete.Oh Yes, He’s The Great Connector: Jason Hirschhorn’s Expertly Curated World | Lloyd Grove | October 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most Republicans blanch instinctively at the political rhetoric of “the new Cleveland.”
As citizens of a multiethnic country that is only about 60 percent ethnic Persian, every Iranian instinctively understands this.
instinctively, Obama talks about rising inequality, global warming, and attacks on college campuses.Obama Can Speak to His Base, but Other Americans Want More | Lloyd Green | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The motherly woman received the babe instinctively and cast aside the travelling-rug in which he was enveloped.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
instinctively he tried to hide both pain and anger—it could only increase this distance that was already there.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Bonaparte already foresaw the day when France should lie at his feet; he instinctively divined in Bernadotte a possible rival.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
She caught the hand which Oliver instinctively placed in hers, and, blowing out the light, drew him after her up the stairs.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
His open brow lowered, and his fingers instinctively began playing with the hilt of his sabre.