1. [syn: natural, instinctive]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Instinctive \In*stinc"tive\, a. [Cf. F. instinctif.]
Of or pertaining to instinct; derived from, or prompted by,
instinct; of the nature of instinct; determined by natural
impulse or propensity; acting or produced without reasoning,
deliberation, instruction, or experience; spontaneous.
"Instinctive motion." --Milton. "Instinctive dread."
With taste instinctive give
Each grace appropriate. --Mason.
Have we had instinctive intimations of the death of
some absent friends? --Bp. Hall.
Note: The terms instinctive belief, instinctive judgment,
instinctive cognition, are expressions not ill adapted
to characterize a belief, judgment, or cognition,
which, as the result of no anterior consciousness, is,
like the products of animal instinct, the intelligent
effect of (as far as we are concerned) an unknown
cause. --Sir H. Hamilton.
Syn: Natural; voluntary; spontaneous; original; innate;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct; "a cat's
natural aversion to water"; "offering to help was as
instinctive as breathing" [syn: natural, instinctive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
82 Moby Thesaurus words for "instinctive":
animal, animalian, animalic, animalistic, atavistic, automatic,
beastlike, beastly, bestial, blind, bodily, born, brutal, brute,
brutelike, brutish, coeval, compulsive, conditioned, congenital,
connatal, connate, connatural, constitutional, dumb, forced,
genetic, gut, hereditary, immediate, impulsive, in the blood,
inborn, inbred, incarnate, indigenous, ingrained, inherent,
inherited, innate, instinctual, intestinal, intrinsic, intuitional,
intuitive, involuntary, irrational, libidinal, mechanical,
mindless, native, native to, natural, natural to, nonrational,
normal, organic, physical, primal, reflex, reflexive, regular,
spontaneous, subconscious, subhuman, subliminal, temperamental,
typical, unconscious, unintentional, unlearned, unmeditated,
unpremeditated, unprompted, unthinking, unwilled, unwilling,
unwitting, visceral, zoic, zooidal, zoologic