instinctive


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Related to instinctive: instinctual, Instinctive behavior
  • adj

Synonyms for instinctive

Synonyms for instinctive

derived from or prompted by a natural tendency or impulse

acting or happening without apparent forethought, prompting, or planning

Synonyms for instinctive

unthinking

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His blood was as thoroughly up as Adam's now, and the two men, forgetting the emotions that had gone before, fought with the instinctive fierceness of panthers in the deepening twilight darkened by the trees.
Strange spectacle in human life where it is the instinctive effort of one and all to hide those sad realities, and leave them undisturbed beneath a heap of superficial topics which constitute the materials of intercourse between man and man
Everyone talked a little louder than natural in an instinctive desire to make the party go, and there was a great deal of noise in the room.
Philip felt inclined to cry, but he had an instinctive disinclination to letting other people see his tears, and he clenched his teeth to prevent the sobs from escaping.
Prince Andrew asked himself with instinctive curiosity.
I think that even then I had an instinctive doubt whether formlessness was really better than formality.
She wore a plain white cambric dress and a simple, but much beflowered hat; the smaller details of her toilet all indicated the correct taste and instinctive coquetry of her French descent.
We have seen how his imprudence in following Rosa into the garden had unmasked him in the eyes of the young damsel, and how the instinctive fears of Cornelius had put the two lovers on their guard against him.
On the other hand, being a sheep-dog, her instinctive fear of the Wild, and especially of the wolf, was unusually keen.
An action, which we ourselves should require experience to enable us to perform, when performed by an animal, more especially by a very young one, without any experience, and when performed by many individuals in the same way, without their knowing for what purpose it is performed, is usually said to be instinctive.
With suddenly enlarged pupils and a movement as instinctive almost as the bounding of a startled fawn, she jumped up and found herself in the middle of the big room, exclaiming at those amazing and familiar strangers.
It was but the instinctive urge of the male to protect its offspring and its mate.
An interesting discussion of the question whether instinctive actions, when first performed, involve any prevision, however vague, will be found in Lloyd Morgan's "Instinct and Experience"
It was revealed to her that besides the instinctive life to which Kitty had given herself up hitherto there was a spiritual life.
Keep your feet quiet, dear," said Mrs Verloc, with authority and tenderness; then turning towards her husband in an indifferent voice, the masterly achievement of instinctive tact: "Are you going out to-night?