Origin of impulsive
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Examples from the Web for impulsive
So, did Opperud make the plan and then get the impulsive Lane to come with him at the last second?How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
But Hezbollah has more pressing strategic imperatives today, and Nasrallah is not known as an impulsive leader.Hezbollah Talks Big but Bows Out of the Gaza War
July 23, 2014
Griffith is hardly alone amongst the lovelorn, impulsive, and unfortunately tattooed.Melanie, Leave Antonio On Your Arm: The Emotional Politics of Tattoos
June 21, 2014
As someone who spent time with him in his 2008 campaign put it, he would have been an impulsive, perilous president.Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia
March 10, 2014
I think that Michael would hate to be falsely remembered as perfect in retrospect—he was mercurial, impulsive, and intense.Michael Hastings, R.I.P.
June 19, 2013
She was uneducated and ill-mannered, impulsive and quarrelsome.Handel
Edward J. Dent
With an impulsive and pretty gesture she reached out her hand to him.The Gentleman From Indiana
"I don't know about that," he said, not content with this impulsive assurance.Alice Adams
She placed her hand in his, and responded to the impulsive pressure with which he clasped it.
She drew the paper from her muff with an impulsive movement and thrust it toward him.
- characterized by actions based on sudden desires, whims, or inclinations rather than careful thoughtan impulsive man
- based on emotional impulses or whims; spontaneousan impulsive kiss
- forceful, inciting, or impelling
- (of physical forces) acting for a short time; not continuous
- (of a sound) brief, loud, and having a wide frequency range
Word Origin and History for impulsive
early 15c., originally in reference to medicine that reduces swelling or humors, from Middle French impulsif or directly from Medieval Latin impulsivus, from Latin impuls-, past participle stem of impellere (see impel). Of persons, "rash, characterized by impulses," from 1847.
- Inclined or tending to act on impulse rather than thought.
- Motivated by or resulting from impulse.