impulsion

[ im-puhl-shuh n ]
/ ɪmˈpʌl ʃən /

noun

the act of impelling, driving onward, or pushing.
the resulting state or effect; impulse; impetus.
the inciting influence of some feeling or motive; mental impulse.
a constraining or inciting action exerted on the mind or conduct: divine impulsion.

Nearby words

  1. impuissant,
  2. impulse,
  3. impulse buying,
  4. impulse control disorder,
  5. impulse turbine,
  6. impulsive,
  7. impulsive obsession,
  8. impulsively,
  9. impulsiveness,
  10. impulsivity

Origin of impulsion

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

Related formsself-im·pul·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for impulsion

impulsion

/ (ɪmˈpʌlʃən) /

noun

the act of impelling or the state of being impelled
motion produced by an impulse; propulsion
a driving force; compulsion
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Word Origin and History for impulsion

impulsion

n.

early 15c., "driving, pushing, thrusting," from Old French impulsion (early 14c.), from Latin impulsionem (nominative impulsio) "external pressure," figuratively "incitement, instigation," noun of action from past participle stem of impellere (see impel).

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Medicine definitions for impulsion

impulsion

[ ĭm-pŭlshən ]

n.

An urge to perform certain actions without regard for internal or social constraints.

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