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Definitions of instinct

  1. To impress, as an animating power, or instinct. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Natural impulse in animals; involuntary urging to any action; a natural tendency; as, an instinct for direction. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Impulse: an involuntary or unreasoning prompting to action: the natural impulse by which animals are guided apparently independent of reason or experience. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A natural impulse acting automatically; animal sagacity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A natural impulse in animals to do what is necessary for existence, preservation, and propagation, independently of instruction and experience; an unreasoned prompting. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated; "imbued with the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with love"; "it is replete with misery" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without of improvement in the method. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Charged or filled with; as, creatures instinct with life. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Instigated or incited: moved: animated. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Animated from within. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Animated; moved. See Instigate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Moved; animated. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for instinct

  1. It was as though the nature in her knew that touch again, as by some instinct every woman does, if once the toucher's lips have been near her own, though it be long ago. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  2. Some instinct told the wild, ignorant child to dress quietly. – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
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