impulsive

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French impulsif, from Latin impulsivus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpʌlsɪv/
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AdjectiveEdit

impulsive (comparative more impulsive, superlative most impulsive)

  1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
    • (Can we date this quote by Prior and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Poor men! poor papers! We and they / Do some impulsive force obey.
  2. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings; inclined to make rapid decisions without due consideration.
    • (Can we date this quote by Longfellow and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      my heart, impulsive and wayward
  3. (mechanics) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous – said of forces.

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TranslationsEdit

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NounEdit

impulsive (plural impulsives)

  1. That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Wotton to this entry?)
  2. One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.

FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsive

  1. feminine singular of impulsif

GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsive

  1. inflection of impulsiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsive f pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective impulsivo.

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of impulsīvus

Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsive

  1. definite singular/plural of impulsiv

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impulsive

  1. definite singular/plural of impulsiv