instinct meaning

[ 'instiŋkt ] Pronunciation:   "instinct" in a sentence
Noun: instinct  in'stingkt
  1. Inborn pattern of behaviour often responsive to specific stimuli
    "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
    - inherent aptitude
Adjective: instinct  in'stingkt
  1. (followed by 'with') deeply filled or permeated
    "words instinct with love"
    - replete

Derived forms: instincts

See also: full

Type of: aptitude

Encyclopedia: Instinct

Stereotyped patterns of response,characteristic of a given species,that have been phylogenetically adapted to a specific type of situation. n
1 : a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason
2 : behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level


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  1. after all, jon has the instincts of a gentleman.
  2. it's an instinct of the english democracy.
  3. libby had an instinct for essentials.
  4. she appeared to know it by instinct.
  5. i am afraid he lacks the killer instinct.

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