English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without external stimulus
"an impulsive gesture of affection"
"letting him borrow her car was an impulsive act that she immediately regretted"
having the power of driving or impelling
"a driving personal ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an impulsive force"
capricious, impulsive, whimsicaladjective
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"
hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainishadjective
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)
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.
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This impulsive behavior has become a normal occurrence here at the Miami Police Department in the last four months since your arrival and is unacceptable.
That is one of his issues. Impulsive. The other is being a follower.
It was an impulsive decision for sure. I didn't plan it out.
Some of you laugh to scorn the idea of bloodshed as the result of secession, but let me tell you what is coming….Your fathers and husbands, your sons and brothers, will be herded at the point of the bayonet….You may after the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, as a bare possibility, win Southern independence…but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of state rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction…they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South.
She’s impulsive. She’s not someone who thinks a lot about what she’s doing. She acts depending on how she feels, i try to make her think more.
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