(noun) A tendency to behave in certain ways that is unlearned and often considered innate.
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- 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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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “instinct.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/).
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instinct. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/
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“instinct.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/>.