One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting an innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour; based on instinct.‘an instinctual survival response’‘instinctual maternal behaviour’
- ‘The wider the range of legitimate opportunity, the less the instinctual choice to steal access.’
- ‘He will control the relationships in the society based on his own instinctual impulses.’
- ‘Everything she does in the film is an instinctual thing.’
- ‘The artist's penchant for manipulating what is instinctual is profound.’
- ‘In cold logic, she had quelled her instinctual need for company.’
- ‘His professional decisions have been pretty instinctual, he says.’
- ‘We are the rotted bags of meat moving to the next location, hoping to find a source of instinctual nourishment.’
- ‘Craft is the critical mind working on instinctual creative decisions.’
- ‘Her passion seems instinctual, more like the weary empathy of Garbo, inseparable from her being.’
- ‘Their "knowledge" is instinctual, rather than rational.’
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