Origin of instinct1
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At such a moment, the pilot has no resources other than his own instincts and experience.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The problem is that his instincts are wrong, his timing is bad, his hand is heavy.
I tend to go with my instincts: if it feels right, it probably is right.Does California’s College Rape Bill Go Too Far In Regulating Sex?|Emma Woolf|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it better to be a part of a community against your own instincts, or be your own person and be ostracized?
He has not, like a modern Emerson, surrendered himself to nature, but he has, at last, found his instincts worth trusting.Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece ‘Herzog’ Turns 50 In Great Form|Nicolaus Mills|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They use their passions and desires as animals use their instincts.Aliens|William McFee
But beneficial habits may, under the fostering care of selection, develop into instincts.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
The law was made for man; the claims and instincts of womanhood must override the decrees of any Consistory Court.Lola Montez|Edmund B. d'Auvergne
What can be thought of a boy who, at so tender an age, is endowed with the instincts of a wild beast?The Trappers of Arkansas|Gustave Aimard
He has outraged all the rules and the instincts of chivalry.Raemaekers' Cartoons|Louis Raemaekers
British Dictionary definitions for instincts
- animated or impelled (by)
- imbued or infused (with)
Word Origin for instinct
Word Origin and History for instincts
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.
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Culture definitions for instincts
Behavior that is not learned but passed between generations by heredity.