impulsive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French impulsif, from Latin impulsivus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpʌlsɪv/
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Adjective[edit]

impulsive (comparative more impulsive, superlative most impulsive)

  1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
    • 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Alma: Or, The Progress of the Mind”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], and John Barber [], OCLC 5634253:
      Poor men! poor papers! We and they / Do some impulsive force obey.
  2. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings; inclined to make rapid decisions without due consideration.
  3. (mechanics) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous – said of forces.

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Noun[edit]

impulsive (plural impulsives)

  1. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
    • 1613, Henry Wotton, letter to Edmund Bacon
      Notwithstanding all which Motives and impulsives , Sir Thomas Overbury refused to be sent abroad , with such terms
  2. One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. feminine singular of impulsif

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. inflection of impulsiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive f pl

  1. feminine plural of impulsivo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of impulsīvus

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. definite singular/plural of impulsiv

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. definite singular/plural of impulsiv