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Perfect passive participle of impellō (push, drive).



impulsus m (feminine impulsa, neuter impulsum); first/second declension

  1. pushed, driven, assailed, having been pushed or driven.
  2. urged on, incited, impelled, having been urged on.
  3. overthrown, subdued, having been overthrown.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative impulsus impulsa impulsum impulsī impulsae impulsa
genitive impulsī impulsae impulsī impulsōrum impulsārum impulsōrum
dative impulsō impulsō impulsīs
accusative impulsum impulsam impulsum impulsōs impulsās impulsa
ablative impulsō impulsā impulsō impulsīs
vocative impulse impulsa impulsum impulsī impulsae impulsa

Derived terms[edit]


impulsus m (genitive impulsūs); fourth declension

  1. shock, impact, impulse
  2. incitement


Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative impulsus impulsūs
genitive impulsūs impulsuum
dative impulsuī impulsibus
accusative impulsum impulsūs
ablative impulsū impulsibus
vocative impulsus impulsūs



  • impulsus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • impulsus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “impulsus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • impulsus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • in a transport of rage: furore incensus, abreptus, impulsus