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 instinctual

Historical Examples of instinctual

  • I have the calling card of reason plus an instinctual nature.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • It was once, when men were primitively close to Nature, instinctual knowledge.

    Incredible Adventures

    Algernon Blackwood

  • Phildee's probe swept past the laboring mind directly into her telepathic, instinctual centers.

    Riya's Foundling

    Algirdas Jonas Budrys


British Dictionary definitions for instinctual

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 instinctual
adj.

1841, from instinct (Latin instinctus) + -al (1). Related: Instinctually.

instinctive

adj.

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

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