16 May 2010

Main Entry: 1in·stinct 
Pronunciation: \ˈin-ˌstiŋ(k)t\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin instinctus impulse, frominstinguere to incite; akin to Latin instigare to instigate
Date: 15th century
1 : a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity 
2 a : a largely inheritable and unalterable tendency of an organism to make a complex and specific response to environmental stimuli without involving reason b : behavior that is mediated by reactions below the conscious level

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