One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Acting or done without forethought.‘they had married as young impulsive teenagers’‘perhaps he's regretting his impulsive offer’
impetuous, spontaneous, hasty, passionate, emotional, uninhibited, unrepressed, abandonedimpromptu, snap, spontaneous, unpremeditated, spur-of-the-moment, extemporaneousView synonyms
- ‘Unfortunately, this impulsive act led to a miserable marriage that ended in divorce.’
- ‘So I made this totally random and impulsive stop on the way home from work.’
- ‘I'm an impulsive person, and I have been known to write things I later regret.’
- ‘His decisions are impulsive and driven by gut instinct - characteristics he doesn't abide in his staff.’
- ‘After dark, the cruise ship encourages carefree and impulsive enjoyment.’
- ‘I saw someone who could be impulsive and crazy in a nice way.’
- ‘Borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood instability and impulsive aggression.’
- ‘He was impulsive and impatient and wanted things done quickly.’
- ‘She was entirely too impulsive, but that was one of the things he loved about her.’
- ‘Seeing the puzzled look on her face, I came to an impulsive decision.’
- ‘Lynn once told me that I should be more impulsive.’
- ‘Moreover, the speed and ease of electronic communication increases the risk of impulsive action.’
- ‘She and Sam are alike: impulsive, creative, mercurial and entertaining, but they never pay any attention to anybody else.’
- ‘Both were hasty, erratic, impulsive men and capable of atrocious judgment.’
- ‘You've never done something so impulsive before.’
- ‘Apart from some of the impulsive and crazy behaviour we see in adolescence, teenagers appear to be pretty much on a par with adults in most areas.’
- ‘My weaknesses are that I'm impatient, impulsive and slightly stubborn.’
- ‘We tend to be more impulsive, partly because money isn't such an issue for us.’
- ‘Scientists have found that heavy smokers have less grey matter in their brains, which could make them more impulsive than non-smokers.’
- ‘People who are mentally unstable, especially impulsive teenagers, are predisposed to suicide.’
Acting as an impulse.
- ‘It turns out that most of the sounds are various manifestations of impulsive radio emissions from lightning.’
- ‘An impulsive VHF event occurs, and the radiation from it arrives at a given remote station.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘tending to impel’): from French impulsif, -ive or late Latin impulsivus, from Latin impuls- ‘driven onwards’ (see impulse). impulsive (sense 1) dates from the mid 18th century.
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