impulsive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French impulsif, from Latin impulsivus

Adjective[edit]

impulsive (comparative more impulsive, superlative most impulsive)

  1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
    • Prior
      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.
    • Longfellow
      my heart, impulsive and wayward
  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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Wotton to this entry?)
  2. One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. feminine singular of impulsif

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. inflected form of impulsiv

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive f pl

  1. feminine plural of impulsivo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impulsive

  1. vocative masculine singular of impulsivus