Origin of impulsive
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Examples from the Web for impulsively
At the end of the eighth season, Marshall is offered judgeship and impulsively accepts before talking to Lily.Everything You Need to Know About 'How I Met Your Mother'
March 31, 2014
Cons: Remembering what happened last time you impulsively embarked on a new fitness venture.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm
Kelly Williams Brown
February 15, 2014
Lane then impulsively kisses Joan in her office, a move that she gracefully dismisses without further wounding his pride.‘Mad Men’ Returns: A Recap of Season Five
April 5, 2013
The perpetrators were impulsively violent and willing to kill.Pundits Pin Blame for Murderer Jovan Belcher on Everything But Him
December 5, 2012
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was attacked for impulsively committing his military to support the uprising.Libya War’s Unsung Heroes
August 22, 2011
She had left it impulsively, she admitted, scarce knowing what she did.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Impulsively I sprang up to allow them to come to the front places.The Bacillus of Beauty
Her answer was to impulsively take a letter from her pocket and hand it to me.In the Valley
Impulsively Josie moved to Roland's side and caught his arm.
"That's just the sort of a place I'd like," said Duncan impulsively.
- 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 impulsively
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.