Origin of impulsive
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Examples from the Web for impulsiveness
Those two words from the movie Swingers have come to represent American impulsiveness in all its glory.Meghan McCain: Let John McCain Go to Las Vegas
March 15, 2011
Weakness and impulsiveness are found in love, as well as energy and perseverance.The Sexual Question
The impulsiveness of her nature was displayed by her manner in accepting this favor.Blow The Man Down
But in this case we do not distrust your good intent, only your impulsiveness and inexperience.The Fifth Ace
He looked upon his duty as that of restraining and tempering Elwood's impulsiveness.Adrift in the Wilds
Edward S. Ellis
I have often heard you lecturing Audrey on her impulsiveness and want of common-sense.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- 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 impulsiveness
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.