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Pronunciation:  in'stingktiv

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct; "a cat's natural aversion to water"; "offering to help was as instinctive as breathing"

INSTINCTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: natural, self-generated, spontaneous



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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, or experience; spontaneous.
``Instinctive motion.'' --Milton. ``Instinctive dread.''

      With taste instinctive give Each grace appropriate.

      Have we had instinctive intimations of the death of
      some absent friends?                     --Bp. Hall.

Note: The terms instinctive belief, instinctive judgment,
      instinctive cognition, are expressions not ill adapted
      to characterize a belief, judgment, or cognition,
      which, as the result of no anterior consciousness, is,
      like the products of animal instinct, the intelligent
      effect of (as far as we are concerned) an unknown
      cause. --Sir H. Hamilton.

Syn: Natural; voluntary; spontaneous; original; innate;
     inherent; automatic.

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