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Definition of Instinct

Instinct

  1. Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.
  2. Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished.
  3. Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without of improvement in the method.
  4. A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.
  5. To impress, as an animating power, or instinct.

Instinct Quotations

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Anais Nin

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
Stanley Baldwin

A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself.
Marilyn Monroe

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
C. S. Lewis

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Instinct Translations

instinct in Dutch is instinct, aandrift
instinct in Finnish is vaisto
instinct in French is instinct
instinct in German is Instinkt
instinct in Norwegian is instinkt
instinct in Portuguese is instinto

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