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instinctive

adjective
 
 
/ɪnˈstɪŋktɪv/
behaving or reacting naturally and without thinking: Her instinctive response was to fight back.Not expected or planned
instinctively adverb Kate knew instinctively that something was wrong.
Translations of “instinctive”
in Korean 본능적인…
in Arabic غَريزي…
in Portuguese instintivo…
in Catalan instintiu…
in Japanese 本能的な…
in Italian istintivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 本能的,直覺的…
in Russian инстинктивный…
in Turkish içgüdüsel, içten gelen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 本能的,直觉的…
in Polish instynktowny…
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