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Definition of 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.
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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