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Definitions for impulsive
ɪmˈpʌl sɪvim·pul·sive

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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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  2. Impulsive(adj)

    actuated by impulse or by transient feelings

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  3. Impulsive(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. impulsif.]

  4. Impulsive(noun)

    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

  1. Prashant Agarwal:

    You might have wondered many a times that even though you plan and prepare yourself to deal with a particular situation, you end up in falling into trouble? Have you ever evaluated the reason for this? If you think over it, you will realise that it is majorly because of your negligence in realising the impulsive reactions that you make while taking the necessary steps into your work or journey. And with this impulsive reactions, you yourself create a conflict between your quick-tempered emotions and intelligence, And as you lose patience in understanding you make quick decisions, thus often end up falling into trouble. So, the trick which you need to learn, understand and practice is to have patience and calmness within yourself so as to build a habit to react only after understanding the whole situation.

  2. Lindsey Carnett:

    We’ve heard the term misery loves company, people who complain or rant are made for each other. Think of observing couples who have been married for years go on outings wearing the same color sweater with khaki pants. Be prepared to see Kimye evolve as they grow closer. These impulsive Twitter behaviors are just the beginning of what’s yet to come. They are a sociologist’s dream couple.

  3. John Oldham:

    The risk is higher in these patients because they can be impulsive, so instead of being so depressed they ca n’t get out of bed, they might really see suicide as the only logical solution to stop the pain.


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

  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 youre 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 dont have that self-control to stop after one drink.

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