Definition of impulsive in English:


Line breaks: im¦pul|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpʌlsɪv


  • 2 Physics Acting as an impulse: the approaching waves contain an impulsive component
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    • 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.



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  • He did not know why he rashly and impulsively went back to his old ways and took part in the burglary.
  • I rushed into it impulsively, not really knowing the sort of responsibility involved with such a task.
  • She impulsively married a longtime friend with little, or no, thought about what she was doing.


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  • It was just a random act of impulsiveness, I reasoned.
  • He would ground her flightiness and her impulsiveness and she would lighten his sometimes-sober demeanour.
  • So the public has recognized that adolescents, by their nature, are less mature than adults, and that the impulsiveness and poor judgment of youth are mitigating factors that should exempt teenagers from the ultimate punishment.


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  • ‘Inattention, impulsivity, fidgety movement - these are definitely symptoms,’ she said
  • The scientific explanation for addictive personality places importance on that fact that the frontal lobes in the brain may underlie impulsivity.
  • It also works with people who have a wide range of special needs, such as emotional or behavioural problems, impulsivity, or restlessness.


late Middle English (in the sense 'tending to impel'): from French impulsif, -ive or late Latin impulsivus, from Latin impuls- 'driven onwards' (see impulse). sense 1 dates from the mid 18th century.

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