Definition of instinctive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv//
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based on instinct, not thought or training instinctive knowledge She's an instinctive player. My instinctive reaction was to deny everything.Extra examples A bird’s knowledge of its migratory route is partly learnt and partly instinctive. His reaction had been based on an instinctive attempt to protect himself. She seemed to have an instinctive awareness of what I was feeling.
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