[ 'instiŋkt ] Pronunciation: "instinct" in a sentence
Noun: instinct in'stingkt
- Inborn pattern of behaviour often responsive to specific stimuli
"the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
- inherent aptitude
- (followed by 'with') deeply filled or permeated
"words instinct with love"
Derived forms: instincts
See also: full
Type of: aptitude
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
- death instinct: Noun: death instin ...
- herd instinct: noun T ...
- killer instinct: n. [c]the ambition ...
- after all, jon has the instincts of a gentleman.
- it's an instinct of the english democracy.
- libby had an instinct for essentials.
- she appeared to know it by instinct.
- i am afraid he lacks the killer instinct.