Instinct vs Sense - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between instinct and sense
is that instinct
is (archaic) imbued, charged ((with
) something) while sense
is sensible, rational.
As a noun instinct
is a natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
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.
(senseid) Any of the manners by which living beings perceive the physical world: for humans sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (William Shakespeare)
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (Milton)
- Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep.
(senseid)Perception through the intellect; apprehension; awareness.
- What surmounts the reach / Of human sense I shall delineate.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) Sir (Philip Sidney)
- a sense of security
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (John Milton)
- this Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover
(senseid)Sound practical or moral judgment.
- high disdain from sense of injured merit
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (w, L'Estrange)
- It's common sense not to put metal objects in a microwave oven.
(senseid)The meaning, reason, or value of something.
- Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no sense of the most friendly offices.
- You don’t make any sense .
* Bible, Neh. viii. 8
- the true sense of words or phrases
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (Shakespeare)
- So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense .
(senseid)A natural appreciation or ability.
- I think 'twas in another sense .
(senseid)(pragmatics) The way that a referent is presented.
(senseid)(semantics) A single conventional use of a word; one of the entries for a word in a dictionary.
(mathematics) One of two opposite directions in which a vector (especially of motion) may point. See also polarity.
(mathematics) One of two opposite directions of rotation, clockwise versus anti-clockwise.
(senseid) referring to the strand of a nucleic acid that directly specifies the product.
- A keen musical sense
* See also
* sense of smell (see olfaction)
* business sense
* common sense
* sixth sense
* sight / vision
* hearing / audition
* taste / gustation
* smell / olfaction
* touch / tactition
To use biological senses: to either smell, watch, taste, hear or feel.
To instinctively be aware.
- She immediately sensed her disdain.