Definition of “instinctive” - English Dictionary

“instinctive” in British English

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instinctiveadjective

uk /ɪnˈstɪŋk.tɪv/ us /ɪnˈstɪŋk.tɪv/
instinctively
adverb uk /ɪnˈstɪŋk.tɪv.li/ us /ɪnˈstɪŋk.tɪv.li/

She knew instinctively that he was dangerous.

(Definition of “instinctive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“instinctive” in American English

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instinctiveadjective

us /ɪnˈstɪŋk·tɪv/

(of behavior or actions) not thought about, planned, or learned:

My instinctive reaction was to walk away to avoid an argument.
instinctively
adverb us /ɪnˈstɪŋk·tɪv·li/

She instinctively understood how I felt.

(Definition of “instinctive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)