instinct
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin instinctus impulse, from instinguere to incite; akin to Latin instigare to instigate Date: 15th century 1. a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity <
had an instinct for the right word
>
2. a. a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason b. behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level • instinctual adjectiveinstinctually adverb II. adjective Date: 1667 1. obsolete impelled by an inner or animating or exciting agency 2. profoundly imbued ; infused <
my mood, instinct with romance — S. J. Perelman
>

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  • Instinct — • The term usually includes the idea of a purposive adaptation of an action or series of actions in an organized being, not governed by consciousness of the end to be attained Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Instinct     Instinc …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • instinct — [in′stiŋkt΄; ] for adj. [ in stiŋkt′, in′stiŋkt΄] n. [< L instinctus, pp. of instinguere, to impel, instigate < in , in + * stinguere, to prick: for IE base see STICK] 1. (an) inborn tendency to behave in a way characteristic of a species;… …   English World dictionary

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