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Dictionary definition for: Impulsive

1. (s) proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus; "an impulsive gesture of affection"

2. (s) without forethought; "letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"

3. (s) having the power of driving or impelling; "a driving personal ambition" "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm" "an impulsive force"

4. (s) 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"

5. (s) 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)

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