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IMPULSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impulsive mean? 

IMPULSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective IMPULSIVE has 5 senses:

1. proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus
2. without forethought
3. having the power of driving or impelling
4. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
5. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

  Familiarity information: IMPULSIVE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPULSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1impulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus

Synonyms:

impulsive; unprompted

Context example:

an impulsive gesture of affection

Similar:

self-generated; spontaneous (happening or arising without apparent external cause)


Sense 2impulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without forethought

Context example:

letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted

Similar:

unpremeditated (not premeditated)


Sense 3impulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the power of driving or impelling

Synonyms:

driving; impulsive

Context examples:

a driving personal ambition / the driving force was his innate enthusiasm / an impulsive force

Similar:

dynamic; dynamical (characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality)


Sense 4impulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

Synonyms:

whimsical; capricious; impulsive

Context examples:

a capricious refusal / authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious / the victim of whimsical persecutions

Similar:

arbitrary (based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice)


Sense 5impulsive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

Synonyms:

brainish; impetuous; madcap; tearaway; hotheaded; impulsive

Context examples:

a hotheaded decision / liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers / an impetuous display of spending and gambling / madcap escapades

Similar:

incautious (lacking in caution)

Domain usage:

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)


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