from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or prompted by instinct.
- adj. Arising from impulse; spontaneous and unthinking: an instinctive mistrust of bureaucrats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. related to or prompted by instinct
- adj. driven by impulse, spontaneous and without thinking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Prompted by or of the nature of instinct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct
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The actions of man which have been loosely described as instinctive belong for the most part to those classes of actions which we have already shown to be in no proper sense of the word instinctive, that is, those concerned in the appetites and in the functions of organic life.
To Jung must be given the credit of having recognized and demonstrated the existence in the human being of the natural tendency towards the high, of a genuine need, which he called instinctive, for spiritual satisfaction.
"The Kolbe," as it is casually known, measures what she refers to as an instinctive modus operandi, or conative skills, the traits each of us is born with.
It is vain then to contend that the ease and certainty with which an action is performed, even though it may have now become matter of such fixed habit that it cannot be suddenly and seriously modified without rendering the whole performance abortive, is any argument against that action having been an achievement of design and reason in respect of each one of the steps that have led to it; and if in respect of each one of the steps then as regards the entire action; for we see our own most reasoned actions become no less easy, unerring, automatic, and unconscious, than the actions which we call instinctive when they have been repeated a sufficient number of times.
The recipe is "a vue d'oeil" or "measure by eye," in other words an instinctive approach, therefore the indicated amounts are approximate.
There is definitely something to what Monsignor Albacete says about Americans having a certain instinctive sense about the principle of subsidiarity, even if most of them have never heard of it.
So instinctive is our response to it that it has almost never been regarded as 'cultural' or 'educational.'
Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
I should be inclined to argue that they are what we usually call the instinctive and impulsive actions.
In like manner, when an infant takes the breast, it is impossible to say whether the action should be rather termed instinctive or reflex.