Meaning of INSTINCT
|Pronunciation: || ||in'stingkt|
| ||Definition:|| |
[n] inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
INSTINCT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.
| ||Synonyms:|| ||inherent aptitude|
| ||See Also:|| ||aptitude, id|
|Webster's 1913 Dictionary|
| ||Definition:|| |
\In*stinct"\, a. [L. instinctus, p. p. of instinguere
to instigate, incite; cf. instigare to instigate. Cf.
Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled;
imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.
The chariot of paternal deity . . . Itself instinct
with spirit, but convoyed By four cherubic shapes.
A noble performance, instinct with sound principle.
\In"stinct\, n. [L. instinctus instigation, impulse,
fr. instinguere to instigate: cf. F. instinct. See
1. Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or
unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether
bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the
end or object to be accomplished.
An instinct is a propensity prior to experience, and
independent of instructions. --Paley.
An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of
action, independent of any consideration, on the
part of the agent, of the end to which the action
An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and
ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge.
By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust Ensuing
2. (Zo["o]l.) Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by
which an animal is guided to the performance of any
action, without of improvement in the method.
The resemblance between what originally was a habit,
and an instinct becomes so close as not to be
3. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an
instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.
\In*stinct"\, v. t.
To impress, as an animating power, or instinct. [Obs.]
| ||Definition:|| ||a genetically-determined pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific internal or environmental stimuli.|
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