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instinct

in·stinct

instinct

 
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: In stingkt
definition 1: the natural, unlearned behavioral tendencies or characteristics that are innate in any given species.
These birds have a migratory instinct.
similar words:
drive, impulse, sense, tendency, urge
definition 2: a strong natural inclination, ability, or aptitude.
It was his instinct to withdraw from conflict.She simply has an instinct for musical composition.
synonyms:
ability, aptitude, disposition, flair, gift, knack, proclivity, propensity, talent, tendency
similar words:
capacity, facility, faculty, feel, impulse, inclination, predisposition
definition 3: power of intuition.
She has accurate instincts about people's motives.
synonyms:
intuition, sixth sense
similar words:
insight, perception
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: In stingkt
definition: full or replete; charged; imbued (usu. fol. by with).
The poem is instinct with passion and anger.
synonyms:
full, imbued, infused, permeated, pervaded, pregnant, replete, rife
similar words:
charged, fraught
derivation: instinctual (adj.)
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