One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the quality of driving or impelling; constraining, compelling; impulsive; propulsive. Now rare.
2Making or having a beating or throbbing sound.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin puls-, past participial stem of pellere to drive, impel + -ive. Compare Middle French pulsif impelling, propulsive.
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