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instinct

innate aspect of behavior; strong impulse; natural capability or aptitude: He acted on instinct.
Not to be confused with:
intuition – knowing without the use of natural processes; acute insight: She had an intuition that her children were in danger.
prescience – knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foresight: He had a prescience that there would be an earthquake.
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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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instinct

Inherited behavior that is not dependent on experience.
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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"
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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.
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instinct

noun
1. An innate capability:
2. The power to discern the true nature of a person or situation:
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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
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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.
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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
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instinct

[ˈɪnstɪŋkt] nistinto
by instinct → per istinto, istintivamente
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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
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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
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in·stinct

n. instinto.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

instinct

n instinto
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