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Definitions for impulsive
ɪmˈpʌl sɪvim·pul·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impulsive, unpromptedadjective

    proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus

    "an impulsive gesture of affection"

  2. impulsiveadjective

    without forethought

    "letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"

  3. driving, impulsiveadjective

    having the power of driving or impelling

    "a driving personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force"

  4. capricious, impulsive, whimsicaladjective

    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"

  5. hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainishadjective

    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)


  1. impulsiveadjective

    Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.

  2. impulsiveadjective

    Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.

  3. impulsiveadjective

    Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; -- said of forces.

  4. impulsiveadjective

    Highly reactive; people who react quickly or feel emotional

    Stop being so Impulsive!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impulsiveadjective

    having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  2. Impulsiveadjective

    actuated by impulse or by transient feelings

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  3. Impulsiveadjective

    acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; -- said of forces

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  4. Impulsivenoun

    that which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]


  1. Impulsive

    "Impulsive" is a song recorded by Wilson Phillips and was the third single released from their debut album Wilson Phillips. Written by Clif Magness and Steve Kipner, it was released in 1990 and reached #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was the first single to feature Wendy Wilson as the lead vocalist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impulsive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impulsive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of impulsive in a Sentence


    In our Impulsive nature to write and repulsive nature to read is what led to a decline in literary genius in our times!

  2. Dannielle Miller:

    Teenagers are wired to feel emotional and to feel almost obsessive about things, and passionate and impulsive. So it makes sense biologically that they are this entrenched in 1D.

  3. Kristen Stewart:

    I do not approach my life tactfully at all, i'm incredibly impulsive and I am definitely an intense weirdo. I love living and I love people. They trip me out and I want to know more about them all the time. That isn't something I can turn off and on.

  4. Lorien Carter:

    That is one of his issues. Impulsive. The other is being a follower.

  5. Alicia Grandey:

    The relationship between surface acting and drinking after work was stronger for people who are impulsive or who lack personal control over behavior at work, if you're impulsive or constantly told how to do your job, it may be harder to rein in your emotions all day, and when you get home, you don't have that self-control to stop after one drink.

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