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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

And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.
Ayrton Senna

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
Socrates

There is no instinct like that of the heart. - Lord Byron
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
Lord Byron

In art as in love, instinct is enough. - Anatole France
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Anatole France
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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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