Definition of 'instinctive'
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We have a little bit of an instinctive understanding. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is an instinctive split-second reaction to a fluid rugby situation. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Initially, that was my instinctive reaction. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The instinctive ones are the men who control shape and win games. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was an instinctive reaction from me. The Sun (2011)You are a good cousin to feel the instinctive sympathy to write with love and condolences. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It happens almost as an instinctive reaction. The Guide to Greatness in Sales (1994)To be a good programme maker you have to have an instinctive feel for broadcasting. Times, Sunday Times (2011)For all of us the reaction was instinctive. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He lacks their instinctive feel for what our troops need to hear. The Sun (2009)He has to get himself in and reach the stage where he feels instinctive. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It is an instinctive action on the part of the dog and it applies equally to the domestic situation. THE DOG LISTENER: Learning the Language of your Best Friend (2002)No sign has a more instinctive understanding of what makes others tick than Aquarius. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You get the right balance between practical facts and instinctive feelings, which leads to good choices. The Sun (2016)His action was instinctive; it was also utterly daft. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You've got an instinctive feeling that things will go well for you. The Sun (2015)When valued projects or relationships flounder, your instinctive reaction is to try to revive them. Times, Sunday Times (2010)My instinctive reaction was that she must be force-fed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The moves feel totally instinctive and natural, like using the right stick to send players on runs. The Sun (2012)His playing was elegant in the extreme, and his musicality and instinctive feeling for the idiom was beyond question. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It puts unnatural stress on blood vessels and my instinctive feeling as a medic is that it can't be healthy. The Sun (2015)THEY turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this instinctive action turns long grass into a comfy bed. The Sun (2014)How much better, then, if most of the choices we make could be instinctive ones. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It's a strange, instinctive understanding of human behaviour that can be quite manipulative. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Because you've an instinctive understanding of others, you rarely judge anybody. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The animals are like burglars in that they will get into a house if they can but at least their actions are instinctive, not malicious. The Sun (2010)
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British English: instinctive ADJECTIVE
An instinctive feeling, idea, or action is one that you have or do without thinking or reasoning.
It's an absolutely instinctive reaction–if a child falls you pick it up.
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