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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impulsive  \Im*pul"sive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  impulsif.] 
  1.  Having  the  power  of  driving  or  impelling;  giving  an 
  impulse;  moving  impellent. 
 
  Poor  men!  poor  papers!  We  and  they  Do  some  impulsive 
  force  obey.  --Prior. 
 
  2.  Actuated  by  impulse  or  by  transient  feelings. 
 
  My  heart,  impulsive  and  wayward.  --Longfellow. 
 
  3.  (Mech.)  Acting  momentarily,  or  by  impulse;  not  continuous; 
  --  said  of  forces. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Impulsive  \Im*pul"sive\,  n. 
  That  which  impels  or  gives  an  impulse;  an  impelling  agent. 
  --Sir  W.  Wotton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  impulsive 
  adj  1:  proceeding  from  natural  feeling  or  impulse  without  external 
  stimulus;  "an  impulsive  gesture  of  affection"  [syn:  {unprompted}] 
  2:  without  forethought;  "letting  him  borrow  her  car  was  an 
  impulsive  act  that  she  immediately  regretted" 
  3:  having  the  power  of  driving  or  impelling;  "a  driving 
  personal  ambition";  "the  driving  force  was  his  innate 
  enthusiasm";  "an  impulsive  force"  [syn:  {driving}] 
  4:  determined  by  chance  or  impulse  or  whim  rather  than  by 
  necessity  or  reason;  "a  capricious  refusal"; 
  "authoritarian  rulers  are  frequently  capricious";  "the 
  victim  of  whimsical  persecutions"  [syn:  {capricious},  {whimsical}] 
  5:  characterized  by  undue  haste  and  lack  of  thought  or 
  deliberation;  "a  hotheaded  decision";  "liable  to  such 
  impulsive  acts  as  hugging  strangers";  "an  impetuous 
  display  of  spending  and  gambling";  "madcap  escapades"; 
  (`brainish'  is  archaic)  [syn:  {hotheaded},  {impetuous},  {madcap}, 
  {tearaway(a)},  {brainish}] 




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