• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Instinctivity The quality of being instinctive, or prompted by instinct.
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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 instinctivity The character of being instinctive or prompted by instinct.
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  • Francis W. Newman
    Francis W. Newman
    “The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary.”
  • 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.”
  • Oprah Winfrey
    “Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “To live is like to love-all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The only power deserving the name is that of masses, and of governments while they make themselves the organ of the tendencies and instincts of masses.”


In literature:

An instinct can be condemned only if it prevents the realisation of other instincts, and only in so far as it does so.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The maternal instinct is reinforced by necessary and constant association with the child.
"Sex and Society" by William I. Thomas
That which one calls original sin, the other calls the instinctive mind: but the situation each puts before us is the same.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Her instinct rejected all that.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
There is an instinctive recognition of the greatness of the occasion.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
They could not help their instincts and he had learned that it was instinctive with women to become emotional over soldiers.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
The friendliest were baffled by her incomprehensible lack of social instinct, the fruit of India's purdah system.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
They were prisoners and he knew instinctively that they were Texans.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But Edward Bok's instinct never failed him.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
Instantly he brought to in the shadow, with the instinctive caution of every one who is used to the water.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

And thus it must have been I gained
The vernal need to sing,
And, while a suckling, blindly drained
The instinct of the Spring.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
Youthful years and maiden beauty,
Joy with them should still abide,--
Instinct take the place of Duty,
Love, not Reason, guide.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
While meaner things whom instinct leads
Are rarely known to stray.
"The Doves" by William Cowper
Hail! sacred love of childhood — hail!
How sweet it is to trace
Thine instinct in Creation's scale,
Even 'neath the human race.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
Lo! such the child whose young devotion
The paths of peace has trod;
Whose secret soul's instinctive motion
Tends upwards to his God!
"Hymn 10. First Sunday After Epiphany. No. II." by Reginald Heber
Of the Ganges, monster haunted,
Counting love maternal naught;
Nature's holiest instincts vanquished
By the faith which they are taught.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell

In news:

Every instinct that rules the machismo world of football says play through pain.
School funding and our most primal of instincts.
Though we like to think of ourselves as rational beings, above the call of our animal instincts, we may be more at the mercy of our hormones than we know.
Cable's Instinct For the Racy And Repetitive .
Unbroken,' her follow-up to ' Seabiscuit ,' is about a man with Olympian survival instincts.
Unbroken,' her follow-up to 'Seabiscuit,' is about a man with Olympian survival instincts.
It was just an email about a single case of illness, but a gut instinct developed through years of disease detective work made Dr Marion Kainer sense a bigger danger.
The ditzy pinup girl in The Notorious Bettie Page and the brainy predator in Basic Instinct 2 are two sides of the same coin.
Coco certainly has animal instincts.
His most progressive instincts on domestic issues may be stifled by Iran's ruling religious leaders, and serious tinkering with foreign policy seems doubtful though not impossible.
Frequent moviegoers tend to develop pretty sharp instincts about what to see and what to avoid, and they're often right.
A maternal instinct for big bites and fun, friendly nights.
Instincts, maturity have Stefon Diggs making big plays for Terps.
The "Basic Instinct" screenwriter allegedly has recordings of the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker making hateful statements about Jews, John Lennon and his ex-wife.
Melton thrives on instincts.

In science:

Although one is instinctively shy at first, we are free to use simple language to describe what happens as if the particle was a marble.
Physics with exotic probability theory
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