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Instinctively \In*stinc"tive*ly\, adv. In an instinctive manner; by force of instinct; by natural impulse.


adv. innately, by instinct, without being taught.


adv. as a matter of instinct; "he instinctively grabbed the knife"

Usage examples of "instinctively".

Io transformed, just as we should see a stag as Actaeon, a bear as Callisto, and that when we instinctively move to crush a spider we should remember Arachne.

Acting almost instinctively, Adler sprang forward, grabbing the civilian woman by the waist and hoisting her in front of himself as a shield.

Like all inanimate objects everywhere, the three displaced articles from the Airstream turkey knew instinctively what the seashell was talking about.

The freshmen in front of the car parted instinctively, but before the young chauffeur could put his threat into execution, Andy and his chums had reached the machine.

He instinctively jammed on the brakes, and felt the staccato pump of the antilock system, but too late.

He had always assumed that the murder had been perpetuated by someone seeing to it that the asps were in a place where they would instinctively strike before being seen.

Instinctively he leaned forward to squeeze her hand, a calming pressure to bring his own asynchronous heartbeats under control.

Zenghi, taken by surprize, had instinctively followed the promptings of his unusual affection for the child, but Miles knew that with his ruthless reason dominating him again, the Atabeg would not allow even that affection to stand in the way of their recapture.

Instinctively Bart lunged around the huge trunk of the Bulbata and crashed into another whelp who had dived for safety from the other side.

Here in Basrah, in sight of safety, he felt instinctively sure that the danger would be greater than during the wild hazards of his journey.

What Johnson did not know at the time, but what he sensed almost instinctively after the failure of the Kitum Cave expedition, was that the knowledge and experience he gained inside a cover in Africa, and the space suits and biohazard gear he carried back with him to the Institute, might serve him well at another time and in another place.

The Blackshirt, and the others following him, ducked instinctively and changed direction, spreading out to take cover behind the walls beside the entrance.

Instinctively I looked for a second bird but, shading my eyes, saw only the leavings of the workmen hired to restore the house, a careless litter of chisels, brick hammers, bullnose planes, handsaws.

Instinctively, almost against her will, Cailin shifted her gaze back up to the two moving points of red light.

Instinctively Cassandra looked toward the closed door, hoping no one was outside.