instinctively instinctively  /ɪn ˈstɪŋk tɪv li/


  • (adv) as a matter of instinct


  1. Behind the method is the same principle that a small boy instinctively adopts in a game of Cowboys and Indians.
  2. When humans are submerged in cold water, our bodies instinctively prepare to conserve oxygen, much in the way that dolphins' and whales' bodies do when they dive.
  3. In these two discs, her reedy, frayed-at-the-edges voice, teasingly lagging the beat, instinctively breathes the bittersweet essence of the jazz life.



  1. "I thought I acted very reasonably, responsibly and instinctively," Pierce said. "Basically a teammate was down, and that was my concern that night - to get him help."
    on Aug 4, 2009 By: Antonio Pierce Source: New York Daily News

  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. "We should not instinctively support someone blindly. We've been burned by doing that in the past," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C.
    on Oct 16, 2007 By: Lindsey Graham Source: Forbes

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