Definition of Instinct
(noun) A tendency to behave in certain ways that is unlearned and often considered innate.
- American English – /In-stingkt/
- British English – /In-stingkt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈɪnstɪŋkt/
- British English – /ˈɪnstɪŋkt/
- Plural: instincts
- Also called inherent aptitude.
- When acting on instinct, a person reacts in an (adjective) instinctual or (adjective) instinctive manner.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “instinct.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
instinct. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “instinct.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“instinct.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/instinct/>.