Definition of Impulsive

1. Adjective. Proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus. "An impulsive gesture of affection"

Exact synonyms: Unprompted
Similar to: Self-generated, Spontaneous
Derivative terms: Impulsiveness



2. Adjective. Without forethought. "Letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"
Similar to: Unpremeditated
Derivative terms: Impulsiveness

3. Adjective. Having the power of driving or impelling. "An impulsive force"
Exact synonyms: Driving
Similar to: Dynamic, Dynamical
Derivative terms: Impel

4. Adjective. Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. "The victim of whimsical persecutions"
Exact synonyms: Capricious, Whimsical
Similar to: Arbitrary
Derivative terms: Caprice, Capriciousness, Impulsiveness, Whimsicality, Whimsy, Whimsy

5. Adjective. Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation. "Madcap escapades"
Exact synonyms: Brainish, Hotheaded, Impetuous, Madcap, Tearaway
Language type: Archaicism, Archaism
Similar to: Incautious
Derivative terms: Impetuosity, Impetuousness, Impulsiveness

Definition of Impulsive

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

2. n. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.

Definition of Impulsive

1. Adjective. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent. ¹

2. Adjective. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings. ¹

3. Adjective. (mechanics) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; -- said of forces. ¹

4. Adjective. Highly reactive; people who react quickly or feel emotional ¹

5. Noun. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent. ¹

6. Noun. One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Impulsive

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Impulsive

1. 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. Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; said of forces. Origin: Cf. F. Impulsif. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Impulsive

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1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"impulsive acts explicable through nervous organization. An impulsive act exhibits in its particular form the past experience and training of the individual. ..."

2. A Treatise on Hydromechanics by William Henry Besant (1877)
"If impulsive forces be made to act in a liquid, or if impulsive pressures be excited by a sudden change of motion in a mass of liquid, it can be shewn, ..."

3. The Advanced Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid Bodies by Edward John Routh (1905)
"impulsive forces. When the forces are impulsive the equations undergo some modifications. These may all be deduced in the usual manner from the ..."

4. The Elementary Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid by Edward John Routh (1905)
"Lagrange's equations for impulsive forces. Let the system,, defined by the arbitrary ... Let 817 be the virtual moment of the impulsive forces produced by a ..."

5. An Introduction to the Use of Generalized Coördinates in Mechanics and Physics by William Elwood Byerly (1916)
"In dealing with problems in which a moving system is supposed to be acted on by impulsive forces, we care only for the state of motion brought about by the ..."

6. A Treatise on Hydrodynamics: With Numerous Examples by Alfred Barnard Basset (1888)
"We shall now show that the equations of impulsive motion of a viscous liquid ... If we regard an impulsive force as the limit of a very large finite force ..."

7. Inductive Sociology: A Syllabus of Methods, Analyses and Classifications by Franklin Henry Giddings (1901)
"Thus the law of the extent and intensity of impulsive social action is as ... The Restraint of impulsive Social Action. — The only restraint that can hold ..."

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