[ in-stingk-tiv-lee ]
/ ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv li /
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.
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Also in·stinc·tu·al·ly .
OTHER WORDS FROM instinctively
half-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·stinc·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·stinc·tu·al·ly, adverbsem·i-in·stinc·tive·ly, adverb
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The fact that we instinctually speak of a sweet voice, is another witness.