In·stinc·tive a. 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. “Instinctive motion.” --Milton. “Instinctive dread.”
With taste instinctive give
Each grace appropriate. --Mason.
Have we had instinctive intimations of the death of some absent friends? --Bp. Hall.
Note: ☞ The terms instinctive belief, instinctive judgment, instinctive cognition, are expressions not ill adapted to characterize a belief, judgment, or cognition, which, as the result of no anterior consciousness, is, like the products of animal instinct, the intelligent effect of (as far as we are concerned) an unknown cause.
Syn: -- Natural; voluntary; spontaneous; original; innate; inherent; automatic.
adj : unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct; "a cat's
natural aversion to water"; "offering to help was as
instinctive as breathing" [syn: natural]