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noun [C/U]  /ˈɪn·stɪŋkt/ us  
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
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