• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Instinction Instinct; incitement; inspiration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Screenwriter Joe Ezterhas was paid $3 million for his script, Basic Instinct, the highest amount ever paid to a screenwriter.
    • n instinction Instinct.
    • n instinction Instigation; inspiration.
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.”
  • Alexander Bain
    Alexander Bain
    “Instinct is untaught ability.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.”
  • Madame de Girardin
    Madame de Girardin
    “Instinct is the nose of the mind.”
  • Lord Byron
    “There is no instinct like that of the heart.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I have a woman's instinct and it's always a good one.”


In literature:

These are the Instincts, which come up again when we consider the animals.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
It is to his animal instincts, then, that legalism must appeal in its endeavour to influence his conduct.
"What Is and What Might Be" by Edmond Holmes
War is the result of the action of the herd instinct in man upon the old instinct of aggression.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
Laura gave a little scream, and, instinctively, grasped her companion's arm.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Instinct warns us against unusual and offensive odors, sights, and noises, just as it causes us to seek that which is agreeable.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
Instinct is, in a certain sense, a process of ratiocination, though its immediate operations may not be due to reason.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
It is a natural instinct for men to seek associates.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Of all mortal instincts, the possessive instinct is the most insidious and most evil.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
It must be a sort of obsession; an intense personal instinct, amounting to madness.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
She loved her daughter from a sense of duty rather than from any animal instinct, but never petted nor made a companion of her.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

In poetry:

I dropped her once, prepense; but, ere the deal
Was dealt, your instinct seemed her loss to feel:
'There should be one card more,'
You said, and searched the floor.
"The Queen Of Hearts" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
The sot, no reason has, himself to guide,
Nor is of instinct, for his use, possess'd:
For want of either, o'er him to preside,
He's much worse off than any other beast :
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
"Where is the faith of ancient Pagans fled?
Where the fond care the wand'ring Manes claim?
Nature, instinctive, cries, Protect the dead,
And sacred be their ashes, and their fame!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
A slow singer, but loading each phrase
With history's overtones, love, joy
And grief learned by his dark tribe
In other orchards and passed on
Instinctively as they are now,
But fresh always with new tears.
"A Blackbird Singing" by R S Thomas
Thou canst not see a shade in life;
With sunward instinct thou dost rise,
And, leaving clouds below at strife,
Gazest undazzled at the skies,
With all their blazing splendors rife,
A songful lark with eagle's eyes.
"Allegra" by James Russell Lowell
A STREAMLET is a bright and beauteous creature
In some wide desert, where it keeps apart
Of each wayfarer’s heart:
The Star of Evening is a gracious feature,
Instinct as ’twere with all the love that eyes
Have looked through at the skies.
"Emblems" by Charles Harpur

In news:

A high-definition webcam at Cornell University follows the real-time nesting instincts of more.
Yet most of us instinctively would be that careful around a gun.
The human instinct to help coordinated by technology.
"(Coles') great success in television and social media, her sharp instinct about women and what they want, and her experience working on a global brand make her an ideal choice for the editor role at Cosmo ," Carey said.
"(Coles') great success in television and social media, her sharp instinct about women and what they want, and her experience working on a global brand make her an ideal choice for the editor role at Cosmo ," Carey said in a statement.
His butler instinctively knows to cover for him, explaining that there weren't any cucumbers at the market.
On Criticism, Cynicism & Sharpening Your Gut Instinct.
The coach is teaching a "Killer Instinct" to the boys.
Her instincts told her in old buildings.
Instinct can be reliable indicator.
She married her third husband, Joseph, very quickly, and is grateful that she trusted her instincts about him.
In Sorkin's fantasy show about a news program that breaks with the media herd, smugly liberal reporters almost always have the right instincts .
George Mason's killer instinct still missing.
Jordan says block was 'just instinct '.
Why Is Our First Instinct To Defend Kevin Clash.

In science:

Our first instinct is to convert this low-quality randomness into high-quality randomness.
Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?
In several respects this theory is similar to Perlovsky (2001) ‘knowledge instinct’ or NfK.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Language learning is driven by what Pinker (1994) called ‘the language instinct’; it is different from NfK or ‘the knowledge instinct’ as discussed above.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Language instinct involves only language and does not involve life experience.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Next one is the discretion between the behavioral patterns supported by the reasonable choice of the way to behave, and those determined instinctively.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms