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Instinct meaning

instinct - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.
  2. 2. Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished.
  3. 3. Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without of improvement in the method.
  4. 4. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.
  5. 5. To impress, as an animating power, or instinct.
  6. 6. Action not prompted by thought; unreasoning impulse.

instinct - examples of usage

  1. More by instinct than by conscious choice, he took the direction which led to Rodney's rooms. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. My instinct is to trust the person I'm talking to. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. I am not sure that all birds do not have more or less of the same instinct; but certainly none ever before or since used it so well with me as Ch'geegee. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
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