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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

People are going to wonder why you're trying to be different; it's just a natural instinct. If I was to walk down the street in a kilt, then dudes would wonder why I'm doing that, they'd think I was different or gay. It's natural for people to point fingers. That's my whole reason for trying to switch things up; don't judge a book by it's cover.
Kid Cudi

I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man, I believe. The rules about opening doors and buying dinner and all of that other 'gentleman' stuff is a chess game, especially these days.
Anna Kendrick

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

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
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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