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synonyms for instincts

  • aptitude
  • feeling
  • hunch
  • impulse
  • inclination
  • intuition
  • knack
  • savvy
  • sense
  • sentiment
  • talent
  • tendency
  • faculty
  • gift
  • know-how
  • nose
  • predisposition
  • proclivity
  • urge
  • funny feeling
  • gut reaction
  • sixth sense

antonyms for instincts

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  • inability
  • incapacity
  • lack
  • disinclination
  • knowledge
  • reason
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How to use instincts in a sentence

The arousing of the fundamental instincts of these human beings had, indeed, enormously emphasized the animal in them.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
"Atavism can hardly explain a roaming animal with teeth and claws and sanguinary instincts," interrupted Maloney with impatience.
THREE MORE JOHN SILENCE STORIESALGERNON BLACKWOOD
There were semi-savage native chiefs, and there were others, like Aguinaldo himself, with humane instincts.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
Like other commonplace mortals, however, my instincts fight for the only solution of happiness I know anything about.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
I was more than ready to take her place; you actually stirred my maternal instincts when you arrived, you looked so forlorn.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Mrs. Plornish seemed to have had her motherly instincts pretty well quenched by time and poverty.
THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGEGERTRUDE W. MORRISON
The time came when the mightiest of instincts ordinarily wakens from its repose.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
He watches the budding of evil instincts, the ignoble habits idly acquired in degradation.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, HIS LIFETHOPHILE GAUTIER
She knew that Gwynne had conquered, that she had really loved him, as soon as he had ceased to play upon her maternal instincts.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
His instincts were all for the great outdoors, and from such the sun brings quick response.
CABIN FEVERB. M. BOWER
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