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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·stinc·tive /ɪnˈstɪŋ(k)tɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]