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Synonyms for instinctive
ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv; -tʃu əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. natural, instinctive(adj)

    unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct

    "a cat's natural aversion to water"; "offering to help was as instinctive as breathing"

    Synonyms:
    innate(p), natural, raw(a), rude(a), born(p), lifelike

    Antonyms:
    induced

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. instinctive

    That is spontaneous which is freely done, with no external compulsion and, in human actions, without special premeditation or distinct determination of the will; that is voluntary which is freely done with distinct act of will; that is involuntary which is independent of the will, and perhaps in opposition to it; a willing act is not only in accordance with will, but with desire. Thus voluntary and involuntary, which are antonyms of each other, are both partial synonyms of spontaneous. We speak of spontaneous generation, spontaneous combustion, spontaneous sympathy, an involuntary start, an unbidden tear, voluntary agreement, willing submission. A babe's smile in answer to that of its mother is spontaneous; the smile of a pouting child wheedled into good humor is involuntary. In physiology the action of the heart and lungs is called involuntary; the growth of the hair and nails is spontaneous; the action of swallowing is voluntary up to a certain point, beyond which it becomes involuntary or automatic. In the fullest sense of that which is not only without the will but distinctly in opposition to it, or compulsory, involuntary becomes an antonym, not only of voluntary but of spontaneous; as, involuntary servitude. A spontaneous outburst of applause is of necessity an act of volition, but so completely dependent on sympathetic impulse that it would seem frigid to call it voluntary, while to call it involuntary would imply some previous purpose or inclination not to applaud.

    Synonyms:
    automatic, free, impulsive, involuntary, spontaneous, unbidden, voluntary, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. instinctive

    Synonyms:
    natural, voluntary, spontaneous, intuitive, impulsive

    Antonyms:
    cultivated, forced, reasoning, rationalistic

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. instinctive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    natural, spontaneous, involuntary

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    knee-jerk, intuitive

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#759natural
#2785automatic
#3912willing
#5512voluntary
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#43828lifelike
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How to use instinctive in a sentence?

  1. Danny Aiello:

    My interpretation of acting at the time, because I didn't know how to build a character, was pure energy, people call me an instinctive actor. I used to consider that an insult early on, only because I had never studied.

  2. Angela Wright:

    So this combination can result in an instinctive loyalty.

  3. Louis-Ferdinand Céline:

    This instinctive repulsion which tradespeople inspire in men of sensitive feeling is one of the very rare consolations for being so impoverished which are given to those of us who don't sell anything to anybody.

  4. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    We do not agree on the need of intervening (in Syria)without a strategy for what comes next because we have seen what happened in Libya, we cannot trust in instinctive, emotional, short-term reactions.

  5. Charles Baudelaire:

    Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.


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