Origin of impulsive
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Examples from the Web for unimpulsive
Mercy combined, in a very singular manner, some of the traits of an impulsive nature with those of an unimpulsive one.Mercy Philbrick's Choice
Helen Hunt Jackson
The nervous processes of an impulsive being, are less remote from reflex actions than are those of an unimpulsive being.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
These are in themselves very interesting, as showing the quiet, orderly, unimpulsive manner in which the French Canadians live.North America, Volume I (of 2)
- 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 unimpulsive
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.