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- of, relating to, or of the nature of instinct.
- prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned: an instinctive will to survive.
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
Also in·stinc·tu·al [in-stingk-choo-uh l] /ɪnˈstɪŋk tʃu əl/
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Examples from the Web for non-instinctive
He says it is impossible because it would be a non-instinctive act, and, as is well known animals act only through instinct.
British Dictionary definitions for non-instinctive
Derived Formsinstinctively or instinctually, adverb
- of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
- conditioned so as to appear innatean instinctive movement in driving
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Word Origin and History for non-instinctive
1610s (implied in instinctively), from Latin instinct-, past participle stem of instinguere (see instinct) + -ive. Related: Instinctiveness.
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