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synonyms for instinctive

  • impulsive
  • ingrained
  • inherent
  • innate
  • intuitive
  • natural
  • spontaneous
  • visceral
  • accustomed
  • by seat of one's pants
  • congenital
  • habitual
  • inborn
  • instinctual
  • intrinsic
  • intuitional
  • involuntary
  • knee-jerk
  • mechanical
  • native
  • normal
  • regular
  • rooted
  • second-nature
  • typical
  • unlearned
  • unmeditated
  • unpremeditated
  • unprompted
  • unthinking
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antonyms for instinctive

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  • acquired
  • extrinsic
  • learned
  • conscious
  • deliberate
  • meditated
  • reasonable
  • sensible
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How to use instinctive in a sentence

Gilbert and Ratelle had played together since they were boys in Montreal and had an instinctive sense of where the other would be on any given play.
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When I said no, there’s an instinctive element to it, I was heavily criticized.
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The communication slowly began to feel more instinctive as they practiced walking city streets.
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These organizations have an instinctive feel for consistently delighting customers, making the experience itself a reason to come back and a reason to recommend to others.
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Ultimately, I was looking for the cues that trigger instinctive behaviors in mice.
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High-minded and possessing a keen sense of honor himself, he had an instinctive aversion to anything mean or low in others.
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Only by Smith's instinctive sense of direction did we make any headway toward the mouth of Sage Creek.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
She was struck with his singularity, and impressed with an instinctive consciousness of his peculiar genius.
MADAME ROLAND, MAKERS OF HISTORYJOHN S. C. ABBOTT
Blood-shed, oppression, extortion, and all the instinctive habits of the shrewd savage were again rife.
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I recognize her with that instinctive certainty that is stronger than all convictions supported by all the proofs imaginable.
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WORDS RELATED TO INSTINCTIVE

  • autogenetic
  • habitual
  • impulsive
  • instinctive
  • instinctual
  • intuitive
  • involuntary
  • knee-jerk
  • mechanical
  • natural
  • perfunctory
  • reflex
  • routine
  • spontaneous
  • unconscious
  • unforced
  • unintentional
  • unmeditated
  • unthinking
  • unwilled
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