Definition of instinctive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈstɪŋ(k)tɪv/


1Relating to or prompted by instinct; done without conscious thought: an instinctive distaste for conflict
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  • 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: he was an instinctive cook
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  • 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.
intuitive, natural, innate, inborn, inherent, inbred, instinctual, unconscious, subconscious, subliminal, emotional, intuitional, untaught, unlearned;
automatic, reflex, knee-jerk, mechanical, spontaneous, involuntary, impulsive, unconditioned, unthinking, unpremeditated
informal gut

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