instinctive instinctive  /ɪn ˈstɪŋk tɪv/


  • (adj) unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct


  1. From childhood, he had an instinctive feel for all things pyrotechnic; he was intrigued by the infernal powders that fuel firecrackers and sticks of tnt.
  2. He was America's first painterpop star, the drunken angel of an emerging hipster culture in search of new routes to those old American goals, the instinctive and the transcendent.
  3. Looking back on the committee debate now, both doctors admit there was an instinctive, emotional ingredient in the decision to proceed.


  1. The Government's System of Secrecy Is Broken

    There is government information that should stay secret: targeted terrorists, information on military vulnerabilities, confidential employee data. If the Snowden leaks have demonstrated one thing, however, it's that the U.S. government may have a flawed ability to distinguish between that crucial information and information it would simply prefer not to share. Sometimes, though, that instinctive ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. John Harrigan In matters of wolves, and deer as road pizza

    Many people have an instinctive fear of wolves. And for good reason. But in a perusal of many New Hampshire town histories, the noted Fish and Game author Helenette Silver found only a few accounts of attacks by wolves, and even in those there was scant firsthand testimony.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

  3. READER SUBMITTED: Alumni To Support The Avielle Foundation In Honor Of Classmate David Wheeler

    The alumni of Oyster River High School in Durham, New Hampshire are a very tight knit community, always looking to help and support one another. Supporting one another and their communities is instinctive.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: FOX CT Hartford


  1. In yesterday's 220-word statement, Henry said that his handball in the build-up to William Gallas' goal had been "an instinctive reaction to a ball that was coming extremely fast in a crowded penalty area".
    on Nov 20, 2009 By: Thierry Henry Source: Independent

  2. Tabarez supported Suarez amid cheating accusations, by saying:"It was instinctive, he instinctively put his hand out to the ball and was red-carded and will miss the next game. He has paid for the consequences of his actions. He wasn't to know that...
    on Jul 3, 2010 By: Oscar Tabarez Source: AFP

  3. "I think Baby the last couple games has been doing way too much thinking," Rivers said. "Baby is an instinctive player. When he starts playing with thought, you know, that's not what we want."
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Doc Rivers Source: The Associated Press

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