Primal vs Instinct - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between primal and instinct
is that primal
is being the first in time, or history while instinct
is (archaic) imbued, charged ((with
As a noun instinct is
a natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.
Being the first in time, or history.
Being of greatest importance; primary.
(meat trade) Being one of the pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering, prior to division into smaller cuts.
- primal man
* (first in time or history ): aboriginal, primaeval/primeval, primordial
* (being of greatest importance ): primary
* primal therapist
* primal therapy
A natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.
- Many animals fear fire by instinct .
- By a divine instinct , men's minds mistrust / Ensuing dangers.
, author=Bertrand Russell
, passage=In spite of these qualifications, the broad distinction between instinct
and habit is undeniable. To take extreme cases, every animal at birth can take food by instinct, before it has had opportunity to learn; on the other hand, no one can ride a bicycle by instinct, though, after learning, the necessary movements become just as automatic as if they were instinctive.}}
An intuitive reaction not based on rational conscious thought.
- an instinct''' for order; to be modest by '''instinct
- Debbie's instinct was to distrust John.
(archaic) Imbued, charged ((with) something).
- The chariot of paternal deity / Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyed / By four cherubic shapes.
* 1928 , (HP Lovecraft), ‘The Call of Cthulhu’:
- a noble performance, instinct with sound principle
- This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters.