- 1Relating to or prompted by instinct; apparently unconscious or automatic: an instinctive distaste for conflictMore example sentences
- Some say only humans are conscious and animals are instinctive and machinelike.
- In this quite abnormal character, instinctive wisdom appears only to hinder conscious knowledge at certain points.
- Whether we're conscious of it or not, we have an instinctive way of approaching color.
- 1.1(Of a person) doing or being a specified thing apparently naturally or automatically: an instinctive writerMore example sentences
- I think he had not only the training of method acting, but I think he was also instinctive.
- He's instinctive, plays both the run and the pass well and has tremendous burst.
- Bennett gets open because he is instinctive, makes good decisions and runs great routes.
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- Yet he is also instinctively attracted to that which reminds him of England, or Europe.
- They heard the thunderous sound of the first blast, and instinctively sank to the ground.
- Women over the years have been doing it, because it comes to them instinctively.
Instinctive and instinctual both mean ‘relating to or prompted by instinct; unlearned, natural, automatic.’ Instinctual (like processual and other similar formations) is a variant usually found in learned journals of the social sciences.