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instinct

noun [C/U]  us   /ˈɪn·stɪŋkt/
a natural ability that helps you decide what to do or how to act without thinking: [U] He lacked the instinct for quick action. [C] His biggest asset may be his political instincts. Instinct is also the ability to behave in a particular way that has not been learned: [U] the maternal instinct
Translations of “instinct”
in Arabic غَريزة…
in Korean 본능…
in Malaysian naluri…
in French instinct…
in Turkish içgüdü, doğal eğilim…
in Italian istinto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本能,直覺…
in Russian инстинкт…
in Polish instynkt…
in Vietnamese khuynh hướng bẩn sinh…
in Spanish instinto…
in Portuguese instinto…
in Thai สัญชาตญาณ…
in German der Instinkt…
in Catalan instint…
in Japanese 本能…
in Indonesian naluri, insting…
in Chinese (Simplified) 本能,直觉…
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