instinctive

[in-stingk-tiv]
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adjective

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.

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

Synonyms for instinctive

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Examples from the Web for non-instinctive

Historical Examples of 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

instinctive

instinctual

adjective

of, relating to, or resulting from instinct
conditioned so as to appear innatean instinctive movement in driving
Derived Formsinstinctively or instinctually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-instinctive

instinctive

adj.

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

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