What does impulsive mean?

Definitions for impulsiveɪmˈpʌl sɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impulsive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impulsive, unprompted(adj)

    proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus

    "an impulsive gesture of affection"

  2. impulsive(adj)

    without forethought

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

  3. driving, impulsive(adj)

    having the power of driving or impelling

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

  4. capricious, impulsive, whimsical(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"

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


  1. impulsive(Adjective)

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

  2. impulsive(Adjective)

    Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.

  3. impulsive(Adjective)

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

  4. impulsive(Adjective)

    Highly reactive; people who react quickly or feel emotional

    Stop being so Impulsive!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impulsive(adj)

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

  2. Impulsive(adj)

    actuated by impulse or by transient feelings

  3. Impulsive(adj)

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

  4. Impulsive(noun)

    that which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent

  5. Origin: [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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lorien Carter:

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

  2. Cassandra Crifasi:

    Young adults are far more impulsive, and that decreases as one ages.

  3. Frank Moore Colby:

    Sin in this country has been always said to be rather calculating than impulsive.


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

  5. The BND:

    The thus far cautious diplomatic stance of the elder leaders in the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy.

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