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in·stinct

 (ĭn′stĭngkt′)
n.
1. An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli: the spawning instinct in salmon; altruistic instincts in social animals.
2. A powerful motivation or impulse.
3. An innate capability or aptitude: an instinct for tact and diplomacy.
adj. (ĭn-stĭngkt′)
1. Deeply filled or imbued: words instinct with love.
2. Obsolete Impelled from within.

[Middle English, from Latin īnstīnctus, impulse, from past participle of īnstinguere, to incite : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + stinguere, to prick; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

instinct

n
1. (Biology) the innate capacity of an animal to respond to a given stimulus in a relatively fixed way
2. inborn intuitive power
3. a natural and apparently innate aptitude
adj
rare
a. animated or impelled (by)
b. imbued or infused (with)
[C15: from Latin instinctus roused, from instinguere to incite; compare instigate]

in•stinct1

(ˈɪn stɪŋkt)

n.
1. an inborn pattern of activity or tendency to action common to a given biological species.
2. a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency.
3. a natural aptitude or gift: an instinct for making money.
4. natural intuitive power.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin instinctus prompting, instigation, enthusiasm =*insting(uere) (in- in-2 + *sting(u)ere presumably, to prick; see distinct) + -tus suffix of v. action]

in•stinct2

(ɪnˈstɪŋkt)

adj.
filled or infused with some animating principle (usu. fol. by with): instinct with life.
[1530–40; < Latin instinctus excited, roused, inspired, past participle of *insting(u)ere; see instinct1]

in·stinct

(ĭn′stĭngkt′)
An inherited tendency of an organism or species to behave in a certain way that is usually a reaction to something in the environment and that fulfills a basic need. Examples of behaviors that are the result of instinct include nest-building in birds, spawning in fish, and food-gathering in insects.

instinct

Inherited behavior that is not dependent on experience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instinct - inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli; "the spawning instinct in salmon"; "altruistic instincts in social animals"
id - (psychoanalysis) primitive instincts and energies underlying all psychic activity
aptitude - inherent ability
Adj.1.instinct - (followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated; "imbued with the spirit of the Reformation"; "words instinct with love"; "it is replete with misery"
full - containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; "a full glass"; "a sky full of stars"; "a full life"; "the auditorium was full to overflowing"

instinct

noun
1. natural inclination, feeling, urge, talent, tendency, faculty, inclination, intuition, knack, aptitude, predisposition, sixth sense, proclivity, gut reaction (informal), second sight I didn't have a strong maternal instinct.
2. talent, skill, gift, capacity, bent, genius, faculty, knack, aptitude She has a natural instinct to perform.
3. intuition, feeling, impulse, gut feeling (informal), sixth sense I should have gone with my first instinct.

instinct

noun
1. An innate capability:
2. The power to discern the true nature of a person or situation:
Translations
غَرِيزَةٌغَريزَه
instinktpud
instinkt
vaisto
instinktnagon
ösztön
eîlishvöt
本能
본능
instinktasinstinktyviaiinstinktyvus
instinkts
inštinkt
nagon
instinkt
สัญชาตญาณ
içgüdüinsiyaksevkitabii
bản năng

instinct

A. [ˈɪnstɪŋkt] Ninstinto m
the instinct for self-preservationel instinto de conservación or supervivencia
by instinctpor instinto
she had an instinct for attracting the wrong type of manse las pintaba sola para atraer al tipo de hombre que no le convenía
B. [ɪnˈstɪŋkt] ADJ (liter) instinct withlleno de, imbuido de

instinct

[ˈɪnstɪŋkt] n
(biological)instinct m
maternal instinct → l'instinct maternel
survival instinct → l'instinct de survie killer instinct
(= inclination) → instinct m
All my instincts were against accepting her offer → Tous mes instincts me criaient de décliner l'offre.
My first instinct was to resign → Mon premier instinct fut de démissionner.

instinct

nInstinkt m; the sex/survival instinctder Geschlechts-/Überlebenstrieb; by or from instinctinstinktiv; to have an instinct for business, to have a good business instincteinen ausgeprägten Geschäftssinn or -instinkt haben; to follow one’s instinctssich auf seinen Instinkt verlassen
adj (liter) instinct witherfüllt von

instinct

[ˈɪnstɪŋkt] nistinto
by instinct → per istinto, istintivamente

instinct

(ˈinstiŋkt) noun
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.
inˈstinctive (-tiv) adjective
arising from instinct or from a natural ability. Blinking our eyes is an instinctive reaction when something suddenly comes close to them; I couldn't help putting my foot on the brake when I saw the other car coming towards me – it was instinctive.
inˈstinctively adverb

instinct

غَرِيزَةٌ instinkt instinkt Instinkt ένστικτο instinto vaisto instinct instinkt istinto 本能 본능 instinct instinkt instynkt instinto инстинкт instinkt สัญชาตญาณ içgüdü bản năng 本能

in·stinct

n. instinto.

instinct

n instinto
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The brutish, the animal instincts, as is often the case, had been developed earlier than the intellectual qualities, and the force of character, for which he was afterwards remarkable.
He possessed no power of thought no depth of feeling, no troublesome sensibilities: nothing, in short, but a few commonplace instincts, which, aided by the cheerful temper which grew inevitably out of his physical well-being, did duty very respectably, and to general acceptance, in lieu of a heart.
With the first drink he could eat a meal, and he could persuade himself that that was economy; with the second he could eat another meal--but there would come a time when he could eat no more, and then to pay for a drink was an unthinkable extravagance, a defiance of the agelong instincts of his hunger-haunted class.
Your Kentuckian of the present day is a good illustration of the doctrine of transmitted instincts and pecularities.
He had another similar swamp which I could not survey at all, because it was completely under water, and nevertheless, with regard to a third swamp, which I did SURVEY from a distance, he remarked to me, true to his instincts, that he would not part with it for any consideration, on account of the mud which it contained.
I could have given my own sect the preference and made everybody a Presby- terian without any trouble, but that would have been to affront a law of human nature: spiritual wants and instincts are as various in the human family as are physical appetites, complexions, and features, and a man is only at his best, morally, when he is equipped with the religious garment whose color and shape and size most nicely accommodate themselves to the spirit- ual complexion, angularities, and stature of the indi- vidual who wears it; and, besides, I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.
A jay's gifts, and instincts, and feelings, and interests, cover the whole ground.
I never believed that story; I couldn't believe she would be so dead to all motherly instincts as to come here, knowing the risk she would run of getting me into irremediable trouble.
It is one of the noble instincts of women that nothing more powerfully rouses them to struggle with their own sorrow than the sight of a man's distress.
Under the temporary pressure of pecuniary liabilities, contracted with a view to their immediate liquidation, but remaining unliquidated through a combination of circumstances, I have been under the necessity of assuming a garb from which my natural instincts recoil - I allude to spectacles - and possessing myself of a cognomen, to which I can establish no legitimate pretensions.
I take an interest in the girl; she has good instincts.
Of course Mowgli, as a woodcutter's child, inherited all sorts of instincts, and used to make little huts of fallen branches without thinking how he came to do it.