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Meaning of IMPULSIVE

Pronunciation:  im'pulsiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; (`brainish' is archaic)
  2. [adj]  determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; "a capricious refusal"; "authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious"; "the victim of whimsical persecutions"
  3. [adj]  having the power of driving or impelling; "a driving personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force"
  4. [adj]  without forethought; "letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"
  5. [adj]  proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus; "an impulsive gesture of affection"

IMPULSIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: arbitrary, brainish, capricious, driving, dynamic, dynamical, hotheaded, impetuous, incautious, madcap, self-generated, spontaneous, tearaway(a), unpremeditated, unprompted, whimsical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*pul"sive\, a. [Cf. F. impulsif.]
    1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an
       impulse; moving; impellent.
             Poor men! poor papers! We and they Do some impulsive
             force obey.                           --Prior.
    2. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.
             My heart, impulsive and wayward.      --Longfellow.
    3. (Mech.) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous;
       -- said of forces.
  2. \Im*pul"sive\, n.
    That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
    --Sir W. Wotton.
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