Usage examples for instinctive

  1. She drew herself together with an instinctive effort at self- control. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  2. It's instinctive at times. – No Man's Land by H. C. McNeile
  3. The most ignorant mother alive has more instinctive knowledge of what is good for her child than any man that ever lived! – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  4. It used to be said of him that whenever he was urged to set about any work of the kind his instinctive impulse always was to meet the suggestion with the question: " Why can't you let it alone?" – A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume IV (of 4) by Justin McCarthy and Justin Huntly McCarthy
  5. " Did-" Edith closed her lips firmly upon the instinctive question, " Did he miss me?" – Master of the Vineyard by Myrtle Reed
  6. For the child which has been taught early to do these things, will do them with such ease as to make it seem instinctive, and the child who does it will never, under any ordinary circumstances, come to want. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway
  7. The eye had no instinctive sense of distance; any star might have been within a stone's throw. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  8. " Not so few," said Almayer, with instinctive readiness, and stopped confused for a moment. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  9. With a half instinctive motion, he drew the revolver from his pocket and, almost before I could see it, had shot the man. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  10. She acknowledged his welcome with that regard for " appearances" that training had made instinctive. – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  11. Her high character and perfectly correct life, therefore, were not the result of reason and choice, but were the instinctive manifestations of her pure nature. – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  12. What they say is poorly reasoned out, but as it is instinctive, perhaps it ought to be taken into account. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  13. The difficulty appears to lie in their instinctive habit of making all questions personal questions. – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  14. It is curious, man's instinctive desire to stand up to and be near the object for which anger is felt. – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  15. An instinctive shyness would forbid her talking much under the eyes of strangers, if good breeding did not. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  16. It is instinctive with them; they do it as naturally as small boys torment a helpless dog. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  17. An action, which we ourselves require experience to enable us to perform, when performed by an animal, more especially by a very young one, without experience, and when performed by many individuals in the same way, without their knowing for what purpose it is performed, is usually said to be instinctive. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  18. If you remember that obligation, naturally and without effort, as if it were an instinctive feeling of your inner life, she will sail, stay, run for you as long as she is able, or, like a sea- bird going to rest upon the angry waves, she will lay out the heaviest gale that ever made you doubt living long enough to see another sunrise. – The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad
  19. Then the mocking smile that had become an instinctive part of his nature spread over his face. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge