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Meaning & Definition of Impulsive in English

English

Impulsive

/ɪmpəlsɪv/

adjective

1. Proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus

  • "An impulsive gesture of affection"
    synonym:
  • impulsive
  • ,
  • unprompted

2. Without forethought

  • "Letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"
    synonym:
  • impulsive

3. Having the power of driving or impelling

  • "A driving personal ambition"
  • "The driving force was his innate enthusiasm"
  • "An impulsive force"
    synonym:
  • driving
  • ,
  • impulsive

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • capricious
  • ,
  • impulsive
  • ,
  • whimsical

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