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Synonyms for instinctive
ɪnˈstɪŋk tɪv; -tʃu əlin·stinc·tive

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. natural, instinctiveadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. instinctiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    natural, spontaneous, involuntary

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "instinctive":

    knee-jerk, intuitive

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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. Dan Gelber:

    When Marco Rubio speaks, young women swoon, old women faint and toilets flush themselves, this guy is really good. Marco is instinctive. He is also very, very disciplined.

  3. The Omani shed:

    Beauty is an instinctive miracle, which itself never makes its presence, but the reflection of which is evident in a thousand different statements of the inspired minds, and is as innumerable as nature itself.

  4. Danny Aiello:

    People call me an instinctive actor. I used to consider that an insult early on, only because I had never studied.

  5. Peter Rice:

    Kimberly Godwin is an instinctive and admired executive whose unique experiences, strengths and strategic vision made Kimberly Godwin the ideal choice to lead the outstanding team at ABC News and build on their incredible success.

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