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. [1913 Webster]

With taste instinctive give Each grace appropriate. --Mason. [1913 Webster]

Have we had instinctive intimations of the death of some absent friends? --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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