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instinct
  • n  inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
    the spawning instinct in salmon
    altruistic instincts in social animals
  • s  (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated
    words instinct with love
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instinctive
  • s  unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct
    offering to help was as instinctive as breathing
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institutional
  • a  relating to or constituting or involving an institution
    institutional policy
  • a  organized as or forming an institution
    institutional religion
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institutionalised
  • v  cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
  • a  officially placed in or committed to a specialized institution
  • s  given the character of an institution or incorporated into a structured and usually well-established system
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institutionalized
  • v  cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
  • a  officially placed in or committed to a specialized institution
    had hopes of rehabilitating the institutionalized juvenile delinquents
  • s  given the character of an institution or incorporated into a structured and usually well-established system
    institutionalized graft
    institutionalized suicide as practiced in Japan
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instructional
  • a  of or relating to or used in instruction
    instructional aids
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instrumental
  • a  relating to or designed for or performed on musical instruments
    instrumental compositions
    an instrumental ensemble
  • s  serving or acting as a means or aid
    instrumental in solving the crime
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insubordinate
  • a  not submissive to authority
    a history of insubordinate behavior
    insubordinate boys
  • s  disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
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insubstantial
  • a  lacking material form or substance; unreal
    as insubstantial as a dream
    an insubstantial mirage on the horizon
  • s  lacking in nutritive value
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insufferable
  • s  used of persons or their behavior
    insufferable insolence
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insufficient
  • a  of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
    insufficient funds
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insular
  • a  relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
    insular territories
    Hawaii's insular culture
  • s  suggestive of the isolated life of an island; so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist"- Leonard Michaels
    an exceedingly insular man
  • s  narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
    insular attitudes toward foreigners
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insulting
  • v  treat, mention, or speak to rudely
  • s  expressing extreme contempt
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insuperable
  • s  impossible to surmount
  • s  incapable of being surmounted or excelled
    insuperable odds
    insuperable heroes
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insurable
  • s  capable of being insured or eligible to be insured
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insured
  • n  a person whose interests are protected by an insurance policy; a person who contracts for an insurance policy that indemnifies him against loss of property or life or health etc.
  • v  be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
  • v  make certain of
  • v  protect by insurance
  • v  take out insurance for
  • a  covered by insurance
    an insured risk
    all members of the film cast and crew are insured
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insurgent
  • n  a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)
  • n  a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
  • s  in opposition to a civil authority or government
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insurmountable
  • a  not capable of being surmounted or overcome
    insurmountable disadvantages
  • s  impossible to surmount
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