instinctive, instinctual
The normal adjective from instinct in everyday use is instinctive, which can refer to people and animals or to their behaviour and actions. Instinctual is used mainly in technical contexts such as psychology and psycholinguistics, and is modelled on other forms such as conceptual and habitual, which seem to afford it an extra authority not shared by the more generalized word instinctive.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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