Adjective "instinctive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or prompted by instinct; done without conscious thought.
  1. 'And perhaps is it our instinctive love of blood and gore that makes us shudder about stories of vampire bats?'
  2. 'It seems remarkable that the arrival of such an instinctive, unpredictable character results in the ship being steadied.'
  3. 'The question turns upon how much violence is done to our instinctive feelings of justice and fair play.'
  4. 'Some say only humans are conscious and animals are instinctive and machinelike.'
  5. 'The ideology, which he professes not to possess, is instinctive.'
  6. 'Whether we're conscious of it or not, we have an instinctive way of approaching color.'
  7. 'He had an instinctive knowledge of the area and its people and a great ‘feel’ for country life.'
  8. 'A man with an instinctive knowledge of the land, he was regarded as one of the top farmers in the region down through the years.'
  9. 'The union overcomes this instinctive knowledge by convincing teachers that they in fact have no capacity to teach.'
  10. 'The spiritual and the supernatural, even the gruesome arouse an instinctive curiosity in all of us.'
  11. 'he was an instinctive cook'
  12. 'Bennett gets open because he is instinctive, makes good decisions and runs great routes.'
  13. 'They are instinctive commissars, which made the UN their natural ally.'
  14. 'I suspect that many instinctive Conservatives may well do that.'
  15. 'Were you naturally instinctive or did your parents force you to take lessons?'
  16. 'He was an instinctive, thoroughbred talent who never had to worry about tactics or movement since it came naturally to him.'
  17. 'He's instinctive, plays both the run and the pass well and has tremendous burst.'
  18. 'He was the most wonderful, instinctive actor, with a strange grace that came from his early years as a song-and-dance man.'


1. of, relating to, or of the nature of instinct.

2. prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned: an instinctive will to survive.

More examples(as adjective)

"reactions can be instinctive."

"feelings can be instinctive."

"responses can be instinctive."

"urges can be instinctive."

"bases can be instinctive."

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