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English definition of “instinct”

instinct

noun [C, U]     /ˈɪnstɪŋkt/
the way someone naturally reacts or behaves, without having to think or learn about it: [+ to do sth] a mother's instinct to protect her childrenPredicting things and intuition
(Definition of instinct noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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