[ im-puhl-shuhn ]
See synonyms for impulsion on
  1. the act of impelling, driving onward, or pushing.

  2. the resulting state or effect; impulse; impetus.

  1. the inciting influence of some feeling or motive; mental impulse.

  2. a constraining or inciting action exerted on the mind or conduct: divine impulsion.

Origin of impulsion

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin impulsiōn- (stem of impulsiō) incitement. See impulse, -ion

Other words from impulsion

  • self-im·pul·sion, noun

Words Nearby impulsion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use impulsion in a sentence

  • Nor was this literary impulsion entirely without fruit-bearing.

  • The editors of the National Magazine had given a new impulsion to my song—and a damned bad one.

    Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
  • Thus, then, the exclusive action of sensuous impulsion has for its necessary consequence the narrowest limitation.

    The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
  • Under impulsion of the Arranger of Inanities the pomaded princes next began their inspection of the buildings.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • He talks himself into passion, gives himself that impulsion which then bears others along with him.

    mile Verhaeren | Stefan Zweig

British Dictionary definitions for impulsion


/ (ɪmˈpʌlʃən) /

  1. the act of impelling or the state of being impelled

  2. motion produced by an impulse; propulsion

  1. a driving force; compulsion

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