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Impulse vs. Instinct

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Impulsenoun

A thrust; a push; a sudden force that impels.

Instinctnoun

A natural or inherent impulse or behaviour.

‘Many animals fear fire by instinct.’;

Impulsenoun

A wish or urge, particularly a sudden one prompting action.

‘The impulse to learn drove me to study night and day.’; ‘When I saw the new book, I couldn't resist the impulse to browse through it.’;

Instinctnoun

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.’;

Impulsenoun

(physics) The integral of force over time.

‘The total impulse from the impact will depend on the kinetic energy of the projectile.’;

Instinctadjective

(archaic) Imbued, charged (with something).

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Impulseverb

(obsolete) To impel; to incite.

Instinctadjective

Urged or stimulated from within; naturally moved or impelled; imbued; animated; alive; quick; as, birds instinct with life.

‘The chariot of paternal deity . . . Itself instinct with spirit, but convoyedBy four cherubic shapes.’; ‘A noble performance, instinct with sound principle.’;

Impulsenoun

The act of impelling, or driving onward with sudden force; impulsion; especially, force so communicated as to produced motion suddenly, or immediately.

‘All spontaneous animal motion is performed by mechanical impulse.’;

Instinctnoun

Natural inward impulse; unconscious, involuntary, or unreasoning prompting to any mode of action, whether bodily, or mental, without a distinct apprehension of the end or object to be accomplished.

‘An instinct is a propensity prior to experience, and independent of instructions.’; ‘An instinct is a blind tendency to some mode of action, independent of any consideration, on the part of the agent, of the end to which the action leads.’; ‘An instinct is an agent which performs blindly and ignorantly a work of intelligence and knowledge.’; ‘By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrustEnsuing dangers.’;

Impulsenoun

The effect of an impelling force; motion produced by a sudden or momentary force.

Instinctnoun

Specif., the natural, unreasoning, impulse by which an animal is guided to the performance of any action, without thought of improvement in the method.

‘The resemblance between what originally was a habit, and an instinct becomes so close as not to be distinguished.’;

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Impulsenoun

The action of a force during a very small interval of time; the effect of such action; as, the impulse of a sudden blow upon a hard elastic body.

Instinctnoun

A natural aptitude or knack; a predilection; as, an instinct for order; to be modest by instinct.

Impulsenoun

A mental force which simply and directly urges to action; hasty inclination; sudden motive; momentary or transient influence of appetite or passion; propension; incitement; as, a man of good impulses; passion often gives a violent impulse to the will; to buy something on impulse.

‘These were my natural impulses for the undertaking.’;

Instinctverb

To impress, as an animating power, or instinct.

Impulseverb

To impel; to incite.

Instinctnoun

inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli;

‘the spawning instinct in salmon’; ‘altruistic instincts in social animals’;

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Impulsenoun

an instinctive motive;

‘profound religious impulses’;

Instinctadjective

(followed by `with')deeply filled or permeated;

‘imbued with the spirit of the Reformation’; ‘words instinct with love’; ‘it is replete with misery’;

Impulsenoun

a sudden desire;

‘he bought it on an impulse’;

Instinct

Instinct is the inherent inclination of a living organism towards a particular complex behaviour, containing both innate (inborn) and learned elements. The simplest example of an instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern (FAP), in which a very short to medium length sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a corresponding clearly defined stimulus.

Impulsenoun

the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber;

‘they demonstrated the transmission of impulses from the cortex to the hypothalamus’;

Impulsenoun

(electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients);

‘the pulsations seemed to be coming from a star’;

Impulsenoun

the act of applying force suddenly;

‘the impulse knocked him over’;

Impulsenoun

an impelling force or strength;

‘the car's momentum carried it off the road’;

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