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instinct

  

      n  
1    the innate capacity of an animal to respond to a given stimulus in a relatively fixed way  
2    inborn intuitive power  
3    a natural and apparently innate aptitude  
      adj  
4    Rare   postpositive; often foll by: with  
a    animated or impelled (by)  
b    imbued or infused (with)  
     (C15: from Latin instinctus roused, from instinguere to incite; compare instigate)  


herd instinct  
      n     (Psychol)   the inborn tendency to associate with others and follow the group's behaviour  
life instinct  
      n     (Psychoanal)   the instinct for reproduction and self-preservation  
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instinct

  
  
aptitude, faculty, feeling, gift, gut feeling     (informal)   gut reaction     (informal)   impulse, intuition, knack, natural inclination, predisposition, proclivity, sixth sense, talent, tendency, urge  

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