[im-puhl-siv] /ɪmˈpʌl sɪv/
actuated or swayed by emotional or involuntary :
an impulsive child.
having the power or effect of ; characterized by :
inciting to action:
the impulsive effects of a revolutionary idea.
Mechanics. (of forces) acting momentarily; not continuous.
characterized by actions based on sudden desires, whims, or inclinations rather than careful thought: an impulsive man
based on emotional impulses or whims; spontaneous: an impulsive kiss
forceful, inciting, or impelling
(of physical forces) acting for a short time; not continuous
(of a sound) brief, loud, and having a wide frequency range
1891; see impulsive + -ity.
early 15c., originally in reference to medicine that reduces swelling or humors, from Middle French impulsif or directly from Medieval Latin impulsivus, from Latin impuls-, past participle stem of impellere (see impel). Of persons, “rash, characterized by impulses,” from 1847.
impulsive im·pul·sive (ĭm-pŭl’sĭv)
im·pul’sive·ness or im’pul·siv’i·ty n.
- Impulsive obsession
impulsive obsession n. An obsession accompanied by action; it sometimes becomes a mania.
- In an uproar
Related Terms not get one’s balls in an uproar
- In a pinch
adverb phrase In an emergency, when hard-pressed, as in This music isn’t what I would have chosen, but it will do in a pinch. This term dates from the late 1400s, when it was put as at a pinch (a usage still current in Britain); pinch alludes to straitened circumstances.
- In a pickle
adjective phrase In a disagreeable situation; in a sad predicament: Today I find myself in a pickle, bind, and jam (1585+)