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knee jerk

noun as in involuntary kick or reaction

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As you may know, Sundog has a knee jerk aversion to athleticism and technology.

It is not a knee-jerk response to a sudden perceived threat.

This whole thing about a black-and-white culture of knee-jerk reactions is reinforced by television.

The knee-jerk cynicism with which it has been greeted is dysfunctional.

Stop with the knee jerk, blind defense of your own side—regardless of which that may be.

Republicans are going to try to paint Bellows as a knee-jerk Democrat who just uses the civil-liberties argument when convenient.

The deep reflexes may also be altered, the knee-jerk being frequently absent on the affected side.

In some subjects the larger dose, 45 cubic centimeters, practically abolished the knee-jerk.

Cross the knee to be stimulated over the other leg, and tap the tendon just below the knee cap, and the knee jerk appears.

Anxious attention to the knee jerk inhibits it; gritting the teeth or clenching the fist reinforces it.

We see excellent examples of cerebral facilitation and inhibition in the case of the knee jerk.


On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to knee-jerk, such as: expected, predictable, reflex, and spontaneous.

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