Definition of instinctively in US English:

instinctively

adverb

  • Without conscious thought; by natural instinct.

    ‘Elizabeth reacted instinctively in giving him a hug’
    ‘some people know instinctively what suits them’
    • ‘Help arrives in the surprising form of dark-haired Agnes, a smart loner instinctively disliked by everyone else.’
    • ‘In the end, I instinctively did what I felt was right.’
    • ‘I never, ever let on how little I knew—somehow I realized instinctively that would be the wrong thing to do.’
    • ‘Thank you for giving a name to my method, practiced very deliberately but also very instinctively.’
    • ‘Once the curtain rises, she claims the stage, instinctively transforming herself into the role she is playing.’
    • ‘Instinctively, I focused more on action than on words.’
    • ‘Once the lights go down, we seem to identify instinctively with the youngest, best-looking person on the screen.’
    • ‘Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment.’
    • ‘Some people instinctively find such work delightful.’
    • ‘I saw comprehension dawn in his eyes and instinctively felt protective.’

Pronunciation

instinctively

/inˈstiNG(k)tivlē/