Origin of instinct1
Synonyms for instinct
Related Words for instinctsintuition, knack, talent, hunch, sentiment, aptitude, impulse, sense, savvy, feeling, tendency, inclination, urge, proclivity, predisposition, gift, know-how, nose, faculty
Examples from the Web for instincts
Contemporary Examples of instincts
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?
January 4, 2015
The problem is that his instincts are wrong, his timing is bad, his hand is heavy.Why the Border Bigots Are Beating Obama
July 9, 2014
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?
June 23, 2014
Is it better to be a part of a community against your own instincts, or be your own person and be ostracized?John Slattery on the ‘Mad Men’ Midseason Finale, Roger Sterling’s Power Move, and ‘God’s Pocket’
May 26, 2014
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
April 3, 2014
Historical Examples of instincts
He had all the instincts of the hunted to seek cover, and the night was his friend.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He had the trained senses and instincts of the Indian hunter.The Long Labrador Trail
Old are our instincts and passions about Nature: all are Forest Memories.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
As a rule women are much more the slaves of their instincts and habits than men.The Sexual Question
And is man less than a cow, that he cannot cultivate his instincts to an equal point?Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- animated or impelled (by)
- imbued or infused (with)
Word Origin for instinct
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.
Behavior that is not learned but passed between generations by heredity.