instinct

(noun) “[I]nborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli” (Princeton University 2010).

Audio Pronunciation: (in·stinct)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: instincts
  • When acting on instinct, a person reacts in an (adjective) instinctual or (adjective) instinctive manner.
  • Also called inherent aptitude.

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References

Princeton University. 2010. “About WordNet.” WordNet. (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet).

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