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instinctive


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Instinctive  \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.'' 
  --Cowper. 
 
  With  taste  instinctive  give  Each  grace  appropriate. 
  --Mason. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  instinctive 
  adj  1:  prompted  by  instinct;  "an  instinctive  fear  of  snakes"; 
  "instinctual  behavior"  [syn:  {instinctual}] 
  2:  unthinking;  as  if  prompted  by  instinct;  "an  instinctive 
  mistrust  of  bureaucrats";  "offering  to  help  was  as 
  instinctive  as  breathing" 




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