impulsive impulsive  /ɪm ˈpəl sɪv/


  1. (adj) proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus
  2. (adj) without forethought
  3. (adj) having the power of driving or impelling
  4. (adj) determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
  5. (adj) characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation


  1. Sharon maybe an impulsive buyer but she is not a fool and can smell a scam from a mile.
  2. It was an impulsive decision to sell the blue chip stock but when on the following day the market crashed, the decision turned out to be fortuitous.
  3. You cannot be impulsive when you are negotiating a hostage situation; you have to be patient and a very good listener.


  1. Carolyn Hax: Middle sister weary of being mediator and venting board

    I have an older sister, 'Mary,' and a younger one, 'Tracy,' who simply do not get along. Mary hasn't done anything specific like bullying, but I've never seen her openly accept Tracy or be nice to her. Tracy has tried really hard to gain Mary's acceptance, without success. Tracy can be impulsive and thoughtless; she might offend someone without realizing it. So to sum up 30-plus years of sibling ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. HOROSCOPES: June 8

    GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You may need to take a calculated risk to advance an important objective. It's OK to be bold, just don't be brash or impulsive.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Oakland Press

  3. Give Yourself a Midyear Financial Checkup

    Consumers often aim high when setting financial New Year's resolutions. Some resolve to pay off six figures' worth of student loan debt, while others hope to sock away 10 percent of their net income into an individual retirement account. Impulsive investors may vow to ignore the stock market's day-to-day changes and focus on the long term.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News


  1. "We have to concentrate on our own game. They are temperamental, we'll see how they deal with defeat on Saturday," Lahm said. "They are impulsive, temperamental and they don't know how to lose."
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Philipp Lahm Source: The Associated Press

  2. "After I responded with hitting her, I feared that she would go to the police and they would detain me for what was an impulsive act," van der Sloot said. "I think I wanted to kill her because I wasn't thinking."
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Joran van der Sloot Source: CNN International

  3. In the Obama Administration," we are also ready to listen," committed as they were "to a foreign policy that is neither impulsive nor ideological, one that values what others have to say," Clinton said.
    on Feb 13, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Hindu

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