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To react without thinking. To form an opinion without paying attention.
When he said he was a Republican, the college student's kneejerk reaction was to boo him.
by </time> September 14, 2003
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True of COVID-19 sufferers and of George Floyd. The key phrase at this moment in American history.
"I can't breathe, said Floyd as he was being suffocated. "I can't breathe" thought more than 100,000 victims as they were dying of Covid. "I can't breathe" chanted countless Americans in the streets, protesting enduring police brutality.
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A spontaneous, thoughless, predictable and stereotypical reaction to something, usually an opinion or a statement.
An entire culture of American neo-conservatives has seemed to build itself on a type of knee-jerk reaction to any kind of criticism of the Bush Administration or the loyal element of the Republican Party, even from fellow conservatives -- the kind of pseudo-patriotism discouraged by Theodore Roosevelt.
by LudwigVan November 10, 2003
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When a person responds or reacts due to past experiences or trauma without being mindful of the consequences of said response.
Her kneejerk response was to say she didn't believe in love...
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An orthopaedic surgeon who happens to also be an idiot, despite both the excellent training and higher than average IQ.
I'm glad that the Knee Guru replaced my knee, but he is a total knee jerk when it comes to bed-side manner.
by Quills13 January 22, 2011
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