instinctive

  • 1 Instinctive — In*stinc tive, a. [Cf. F. instinctif.] Of or pertaining to instinct; derived from, or prompted by, instinct; of the nature of instinct; determined by natural impulse or propensity; acting or produced without reasoning, deliberation, instruction,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 instinctive — 1 Instinctive, intuitive both mean not involving, based on, or determined by the ordinary processes of reasoning, but as applied to human mentation they are not normally interchangeable because of consistent differences in connotation.… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 instinctive — instinctive, instinctual The normal adjective from instinct in everyday use is instinctive, which can refer to people and animals or to their behaviour and actions. Instinctual is used mainly in technical contexts such as psychology and… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 instinctive — index born (innate), hereditary, inherent, innate, native (inborn), natural, organic …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 instinctive — 1610s (implied in instinctively), from L. instinct , pp. stem of instinguere (see INSTINCT (Cf. instinct)) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Instinctiveness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 instinctive — [adj] reflex, automatic accustomed, by seat of one’s pants*, congenital, habitual, impulsive, inborn, ingrained, inherent, innate, instinctual, intrinsic, intuitional, intuitive, involuntary, knee jerk*, mechanical, native, natural, normal,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 instinctive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or prompted by instinct; apparently natural or automatic. DERIVATIVES instinctively adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 instinctive — [in stiŋk′tiv] adj. 1. of, or having the nature of, instinct 2. prompted or done by instinct SYN. SPONTANEOUS instinctively adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Instinctive — Instinct Pour les articles homonymes, voir Instinct (homonymie). L instinct est l ensemble des comportements innés (par opposition aux comportements acquis), présent sous différentes formes chez toutes les espèces animales. Chez l homme, il… …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 10 instinctive — ● instinctif, instinctive adjectif (de instinct) Qui procède de l instinct : Dégoût instinctif. ● instinctif, instinctive (synonymes) adjectif (de instinct) Qui procède de l instinct Synonymes : inconscient inné …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 11 instinctive — [[t]ɪnstɪ̱ŋktɪv[/t]] ADJ An instinctive feeling, idea, or action is one that you have or do without thinking or reasoning. It s an absolutely instinctive reaction if a child falls you pick it up... Ms Senatorova showed an instinctive feel for… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 instinctive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ADVERB ▪ purely ▪ My reaction was purely instinctive. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 instinctive — in|stinc|tive [ ın stıŋktıv ] adjective done without thinking, because of a natural tendency or ability: His reaction was purely instinctive. an instinctive feeling of distrust ╾ in|stinc|tive|ly adverb: Elaine seemed to know instinctively what… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 instinctive — adjective based on instinct: instinctive behaviour | an instinctive sympathy with the younger boys instinctively adverb: Instinctively, we dived for cover …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 instinctive — adjective an instinctive understanding of machinery an instinctive urge to scream Syn: intuitive, natural, instinctual, innate, inborn, inherent; unconscious, subconscious, intuitional; automatic, reflex, knee jerk, mechanical, spontaneous,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 instinctive — UK [ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv] / US adjective done without thinking, because of a natural tendency or ability His reaction was purely instinctive. an instinctive feeling of distrust Derived word: instinctively adverb Elaine seemed to know instinctively what he …

    English dictionary

  • 17 instinctive — adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or being instinct 2. prompted by natural instinct or propensity ; arising spontaneously < an instinctive fear of innovation V. L. Parrington > Synonyms: see spontaneous • instinctively adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 instinctive — instinctively, instinctually, adv. /in stingk tiv/, adj. 1. of, pertaining 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, instinctual /in stingk …

    Universalium

  • 19 instinctive — in·stinc·tive in stiŋ(k) tiv adj 1) of, relating to, or being instinct 2) derived from or prompted by instinct <an instinctive fear> in·stinc·tive·ly adv * * * in·stinc·tive (in stinkґtiv) of the nature of, related to, or prompted by… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 instinctive — in|stinc|tive [ınˈstıŋktıv] adj based on instinct and not involving thought ▪ a mother s instinctive love >instinctively adv ▪ He knew instinctively that she would not forgive him …

    Dictionary of contemporary English


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