[ im-puhl-shuh n ]
/ ɪmˈpʌl ʃən /


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.

Origin of impulsion

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

Related forms

self-im·pul·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impulsion


/ (ɪmˈpʌlʃən) /


the act of impelling or the state of being impelled
motion produced by an impulse; propulsion
a driving force; compulsion
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Medicine definitions for impulsion


[ ĭm-pŭlshən ]


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