Definitions for instinctˈɪn stɪŋkt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
a natural aptitude or gift:
an instinct for making money.
natural intuitive power.
Origin of instinct:
1375–1425; late ME < L instinctus prompting, instigation, enthusiasm =*insting(uere) (in-in -2+*sting(u)ere presumably, to prick; see distinct ) +-tus suffix of v. action
filled or infused with some animating principle (usu. fol. by with):
instinct with life.
Origin of instinct:
1530–40; < L instinctus excited, roused, inspired, ptp. of *insting(u)ere; see instinct1
instinct, inherent aptitude(adj)
inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
"the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
(followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated
"imbued with the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with love"; "it is replete with misery"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
natural reactions and abilities that are done without thinking
the animal's instinct to protect its young; He has an instinct for relating to ordinary people.; It's best to trust your instincts when deciding who to hire.
A natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.
Many animals fear fire by instinct.
An intuitive reaction not based on rational conscious thought.
Debbie's instinct was to distrust John.
Urged or stimulated from within, infused
Origin: From instinctus, past participle of instinguere, from in + stinguere
urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life
natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished
specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without of improvement in the method
a natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct
to impress, as an animating power, or instinct
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Stereotyped patterns of response, characteristic of a given species, that have been phylogenetically adapted to a specific type of situation.
Translations for instinct
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a natural tendency to behave or react in a particular way, without thinking and without having been taught
As winter approaches, swallows fly south from Britain by instinct; He has an instinct for saying the right thing.
- instintoPortuguese (BR)
- pud, instinktCzech
- der InstinktGerman
- ένστικτο, έμφυτη ικανότηταGreek
- חוּש טִבעִיHebrew
- सहज ज्ञानHindi
- naluri, instingIndonesian
- غريزه شعورPashto
- 本能Chinese (Trad.)
- جبلّت انسانی یا حیوانیUrdu
- khuynh hướng bẩn sinhVietnamese
- 本能Chinese (Simp.)
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