instinctive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj instinctive unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct "a cat's natural aversion to water","offering to help was as instinctive as breathing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Screenwriter Joe Ezterhas was paid $3 million for his script, Basic Instinct, the highest amount ever paid to a screenwriter.
    • a Instinctive 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.☞ 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. "Instinctive motion.""Instinctive dread.""With taste instinctive give
      Each grace appropriate."
      "Have we had instinctive intimations of the death of some absent friends?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • instinctive Prompted by or of the nature of instinct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Instinctive prompted by instinct: involuntary: acting according to or determined by natural impulse
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Quotations

  • Anatole France
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    “In art as in love, instinct is enough.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.”
  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
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    “Common Sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
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    “Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind, and finds the readiest response.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “A person born with an instinct for poverty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. instinctif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. instinctusinstinguĕre, to instigate.

Usage

In literature:

Doctor Renshaw might have been anywhere in the afternoon of life, and one felt instinctively that his sunset had antedated his meridian.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
It is a commonplace to credit Shakespeare with supreme dramatic instinct.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
When fear-instinct and love-instinct are at war, reason is provided to come to the rescue.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
She instinctively felt the pleading for commendation and resented it.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The Boy's pride was roused now and the fighting instinct that slumbers in every human soul flashed through his excited eyes.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
He was the best of the St. Ange boyhood and Joyce had an instinctive relish for the best wherever she saw it.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
His instinct would probably be to use the shell as a close hiding-place for anything strange, unusual that it contains.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Instinctively she had turned to that refuge, where she could lock herself in her own room and cry her protest against it all.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
But, in the first place, it has been asserted that the doll instinct has really nothing whatever to do with the parental instinct in either sex.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
My instinct seldom fails.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
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In poetry:

They are fully comprehended
Through the instinct, every one,
And need no labored searching
In a massive lexicon.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
"The thick leaves in my murmur
Are rustling like a dream,
And all their myriad voices
Instinct with spirit seem."
"The Night-Wind" by Emily Jane Bronte
She kept her line of rectitude
With love's unconscious ease;
Her kindly instincts understood
All gentle courtesies.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And another and another!
'Tis a cry so wildly sweet,
That her charmed heart turns rebel
To the instinct of her feet;
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Instinctively did earlier man
See fauns and dryads in the trees,
And find in universal Pan
The soul of Nature's mysteries.
"At Hochfinstermunz" by John Lawson Stoddard
So warm, so beautiful withal,
In perfect fitness for its aim,
That to the Kind by special grace
Their instinct surely came.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth

In news:

In an age of cellphone contact lists, many people don't instinctively know the number of the person they're calling anymore.
Aromas trigger instincts, emotions and memory.
Republican candidates try to assert their blue-collar instincts.
'Fat Daddy' of barbecue had instinct for business.
Akin episode bares political instincts.
Gut Instinct's Surprising Role in Math.
I instinctively grabbed my keys on a hook near the rear door that held a small LED light.
Blending Temperance and A Killer Instinct.
Anthony Enriquez's slight frame belies his fearless scoring instincts.
Jordan says block was 'just instinct'.
The first instinct may be, let's not.
McCain Blends Instinct With Political Calculation .
Thanksgiving is a peculiar holiday except in one respect: It brings out the homing instincts in Americans.
' Instincts kicked in' for veterans rushing to help their own as train slams into parade float.
Bengals lacking killer instinct .
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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
The language instinct: How the mind creates language.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Finally, a robot can have so-called ”collective instinct”, it can recharge only till ”satisfied state” (it takes less time), and makes a slot free for recharging of another robot.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
Euphoria, panic or herd instinct often cause violent changes of market prices.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
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
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