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  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from instinct. See Synonyms at instinctive.

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  • adj. Of, relating to, or derived from instinct.


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  • And yet the following points favor the notion of instinctual foreknowledge of violations of conscience:

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  • The 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the first thinkers to take seriously the idea of instinctual drives working below the level of conscious awareness, deriving from this subtle insight a vast wealth of philosophical positions on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, psychology and many others.

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  • Lead actor Andreas Lust (also seen in "Revanche," another chilly Austrian drama in which the moral calculus tallies up a psychological cliffhanger) portrays a kind of instinctual animal — or ascetic sociopath, take your pick — whose disciplined urges exhilarate, then implode.

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  • The rapid decisions, forced on him by disaster, that everyone mislabels "instinctual" have created a framework that in this case is solid, not a phantom.

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  • NOFZINGER: The brain is dealing with basic, kind of instinctual feelings, fears, anxieties, motivations, sexual themes.

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  • NOFZINGER: The brain is dealing with basic kind of instinctual feelings, fears, anxieties, motivation, sexual themes.

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  • And, somehow, this scent awakened him out of his paralysis—and into a kind of instinctual response.

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  • This is the estimative faculty, a kind of instinctual understanding shared by humans and brute animals.

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  • "mention" tweaked my attention in ways best be described as instinctual and primal.

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  • Even in the most academic work, Louise Nadeau has a kind of instinctual wildness, which shows up most in her transitional gestures: The final tableau may match any number of photographs, but the journey to get there is often highly eccentric and mysterious.

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