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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to act on impulse rather than thought.
  • adj. Motivated by or resulting from impulse: such impulsive acts as hugging strangers; impulsive generosity. See Synonyms at spontaneous.
  • adj. Having force or power to impel or incite; forceful.
  • adj. Physics Acting within brief time intervals. Used especially of a force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
  • adj. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.
  • adj. Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous – said of forces.
  • adj. Highly reactive; people who react quickly or feel emotional
  • n. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
  • n. One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
  • adj. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.
  • adj. Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; -- said of forces.
  • n. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power of driving or impelling; moving; impellent.
  • Actuated or controlled by impulses; swayed by the emotions: as, an impulsive child.
  • Resulting from impulse: as, impulsive movements or gestures.
  • In mech., acting by instantaneous impulse, not continuously: said of forces. See force, 8 .
  • n. That which impels; impelling cause or reason.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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