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Synonyms for impulsive
ɪmˈpʌl sɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. impulsive, unprompted(adj)

    proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus

    "an impulsive gesture of affection"

    Synonyms:
    brainish, tearaway(a), impetuous, capricious, driving, unprompted, madcap, hotheaded, whimsical

    Antonyms:
    nonarbitrary, undynamic, premeditated, adynamic, induced, cautious, unarbitrary

  2. impulsive(adj)

    without forethought

    "letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"

    Synonyms:
    brainish, tearaway(a), impetuous, capricious, driving, unprompted, madcap, hotheaded, whimsical

    Antonyms:
    premeditated, adynamic, nonarbitrary, unarbitrary, cautious, induced, undynamic

  3. driving, impulsive(adj)

    having the power of driving or impelling

    "a driving personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force"

    Synonyms:
    brainish, tearaway(a), impetuous, capricious, driving, unprompted, madcap, hotheaded, whimsical

    Antonyms:
    undynamic, nonarbitrary, induced, premeditated, cautious, unarbitrary, adynamic

  4. capricious, impulsive, whimsical(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    brainish, capricious, tearaway(a), whimsical, impetuous, unprompted, freakish, driving, madcap, hotheaded

    Antonyms:
    unarbitrary, premeditated, induced, adynamic, cautious, nonarbitrary, undynamic

  5. hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainish(adj)

    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)

    Antonyms:
    premeditated, undynamic, unarbitrary, nonarbitrary, induced, cautious, adynamic

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impulsive

    That is spontaneous which is freely done, with no external compulsion and, in human actions, without special premeditation or distinct determination of the will; that is voluntary which is freely done with distinct act of will; that is involuntary which is independent of the will, and perhaps in opposition to it; a willing act is not only in accordance with will, but with desire. Thus voluntary and involuntary, which are antonyms of each other, are both partial synonyms of spontaneous. We speak of spontaneous generation, spontaneous combustion, spontaneous sympathy, an involuntary start, an unbidden tear, voluntary agreement, willing submission. A babe's smile in answer to that of its mother is spontaneous; the smile of a pouting child wheedled into good humor is involuntary. In physiology the action of the heart and lungs is called involuntary; the growth of the hair and nails is spontaneous; the action of swallowing is voluntary up to a certain point, beyond which it becomes involuntary or automatic. In the fullest sense of that which is not only without the will but distinctly in opposition to it, or compulsory, involuntary becomes an antonym, not only of voluntary but of spontaneous; as, involuntary servitude. A spontaneous outburst of applause is of necessity an act of volition, but so completely dependent on sympathetic impulse that it would seem frigid to call it voluntary, while to call it involuntary would imply some previous purpose or inclination not to applaud.

    Synonyms:
    automatic, free, instinctive, involuntary, spontaneous, unbidden, voluntary, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. impulsive

    Synonyms:
    rash, hasty, wayward, impressible

Editors Contribution

  1. imprudent

    imprudent and impulsive have extremely similar meanings impulsive- acting suddenly without forethought

    i was imprudent to put myself at such risk. impulsive nature may miss a key element.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 29, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. impulsive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    impelling, moving

  2. impulsive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    passionate, rash, quick, hot, hasty

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impulsive(a)

    Synonyms:
    passionate, capricious, hasty, impellent, propulsive

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    knee-jerk, headstrong, rash, careless

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#42free
#2023driving
#2785automatic
#3912willing
#5512voluntary
#13632spontaneous
#15603rash
#22716involuntary
#24888careless
#27639whimsical
#32405hasty
#33621wayward
#40416impulsive
#45715capricious
#47195instinctive
#65029madcap
#66995headstrong
#77027freakish
#83664impetuous
#140105unbidden
#188637unprompted
#283110hotheaded

How to use impulsive in a sentence?

  1. Kristen Stewart:

    I do not approach my life tactfully at all, i'm incredibly impulsive and I am definitely an intense weirdo. I love living and I love people. They trip me out and I want to know more about them all the time. That isn't something I can turn off and on.

  2. RAMANA PEMMARAJU:

    In our Impulsive nature to write and repulsive nature to read is what led to a decline in literary genius in our times!

  3. Mark Olfson:

    The peak use among adolescent boys, who are frequently diagnosed with ADHD and are also treated with stimulants, strongly suggests that antipsychotics are commonly used to treat impulsive aggression and other behavioral symptoms.

  4. George DuPaul:

    The drugs also tend to help with reducing impulsive behavior and reducing hyperactivity, or high activity levels, and those are the primary symptoms of ADHD, we've been studying drugs like Ritalin for over 50 years, and there are hundreds and hundreds of research studies on the impact of these medications on individuals with ADHD, and although there are side effects for sure.

  5. Alicia Grandey:

    The relationship between surface acting and drinking after work was stronger for people who are impulsive or who lack personal control over behavior at work, if youre impulsive or constantly told how to do your job, it may be harder to rein in your emotions all day, and when you get home, you dont have that self-control to stop after one drink.


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