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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impulsive \Im*pul"sive\, adjective [Cf. F. impulsif.]

1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.

Poor men! poor papers! We and they Do some impulsive force obey. --Prior.

2. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.

My heart, impulsive and wayward. --Longfellow.

3. (Mech.) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous; -- said of forces.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Impulsive \Im*pul"sive\, noun That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent. --Sir W. Wotton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

impulsive

adjective

1: proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus; "an impulsive gesture of affection" [syn: {impulsive}, {unprompted}]

2: without forethought; "letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"

3: having the power of driving or impelling; "a driving personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force" [syn: {driving}, {impulsive}]

4: determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; "a capricious refusal"; "authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious"; "the victim of whimsical persecutions" [syn: {capricious}, {impulsive}, {whimsical}]

5: characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; ('brainish' is archaic) [syn: {hotheaded}, {impulsive}, {impetuous}, {madcap}, {tearaway(a)}, {brainish}]


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