• WordNet 3.6
    • adv instinctively as a matter of instinct "he instinctively grabbed the knife"
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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.
    • adv Instinctively In an instinctive manner; by force of instinct; by natural impulse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • instinctively In an instinctive manner; by force of instinct.
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “Let a human being throw the energies of his soul into the making of something, and the instinct of workmanship will take care of his honesty.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”
  • George Santayana
    “The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Two things control men's nature, instinct and experience.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.”


In literature:

You'll do it almost instinctively.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
She instinctively sees a way and follows it with assurance.
"The Business of Being a Woman" by Ida M. Tarbell
She put up her hand as though instinctively to shield it.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Some of that instinct, but in its various and lesser degrees, is left in us now.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
But Rousseau's selection seems instinctive and not sought out.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell
Mrs. Crofton singled out instinctively her gentle, cultivated-looking host.
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
They are instinct with power, action, life.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
We women always instinctively take the sentimental view, you know.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The constructive instinct in man, also, may be considered parallel to the nesting instinct in birds and animals.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The functions of the medulla oblongata, which begin with the earliest manifestations of life, are of an instinctive character.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

In poetry:

Lowing they passed along,
And left their calves shut up;
They felt an instinct for their young,
But would not turn or stop.
"The Milch Kine Drawing The Ark : Faith's Surrender Of All" by John Newton
'I brought no portion for his weal
But this one instinct true,
Which bids me in my weakness kneel,
Archduchess Anne, to you.'
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Be strong, young mower of the-grain;
That love shall overmatch disdain,
Its instincts soon or late
The heart shall vindicate.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What thrilled me in a previous state
Rekindles here its ancient flame;
What I by instinct love and hate
I knew before I came;
"Reincarnation" by John Lawson Stoddard
Changed!—yet the green Dryad nature
Is instinct with human ties,
And above its anguish'd lover
Breathes pathetic sympathies;
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Her joy is like an instinct, joy
Of kitten, bird, or summer fly;
She dances, runs without an aim,
She chatters in her ecstasy.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth

In news:

How to into a cat's natural instincts and drives to create a happier pet.
Dow AgroSciences just received EPA approval for use of Instinct for sidedress nitrogen applications up to the V6 growth stage.
Interest in Dow's nitrogen stabilizer Instinct grows.
Growers looking for ways to improve yields are more frequently using Dow AgroSciences' nitrogen stabilizer called Instinct.
New York corn growers now have access to a new tool that can help ensure a better return from nitrogen applications this spring, with the registration of Instinct nitrogen stabilizer .
In their trial, the Williamsons applied UAN stabilized with INSTINCT™ nitrogen stabilizer on three 90-foot strips containing 12 rows each that alternated with three strips applied with unstabilized UAN.
THE NITROGEN stabilizer product called Instinct for use with manure and UAN has received full federal registration for use.
Dow AgroSciences developed Instinct to help keep nitrogen in the root zone and reduce leaching into groundwater.
INSTINCT, a new nitrogen stabilizer from Dow AgroSciences to protect UAN and liquid manure applications, has received federal label registration.
Dow AgroSciences has received federal registration for Instinct nitrogen stabilizer .
What do you get when you combine killer combat instincts, fierce sword skills, wicked game, and a rock hard bod.
They bring out the killer instinct in us.
Silverman's instincts and passion have helped her land her young clients in career-changing roles.
It's a tough call because you're forcing a coach to go against his instinct to play for wins.
High technology and old-fashioned investigative instincts helped the Boulder police end an interstate series of sexual assaults spanning more than a decade.

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