Definition of instinctive in English:


Syllabification: in·stinc·tive
Pronunciation: /inˈstiNG(k)tiv


1Relating to or prompted by instinct; apparently unconscious or automatic: 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: an instinctive writer
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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.


Instinctive and instinctual both meanrelating 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.



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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.

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