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Synonyms for impulsive
ɪmˈpʌl sɪvim·pul·sive

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impulsive, unpromptedadjective

    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. impulsiveadjective

    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, impulsiveadjective

    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, 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"

    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), 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)

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

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. impulsiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    impelling, moving

  2. impulsiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    passionate, rash, quick, hot, hasty

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. impulsiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    passionate, capricious, hasty, impellent, propulsive

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "impulsive":

    knee-jerk, headstrong, rash, careless

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#27639whimsical
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How to use impulsive in a sentence?

  1. Lorien Carter:

    That is one of his issues. Impulsive. The other is being a follower.

  2. Police President Tommy Reyes:

    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.

  3. The BND:

    The thus far cautious diplomatic stance of the elder leaders in the royal family is being replaced by an impulsive interventionist policy.

  4. Cassandra Crifasi:

    Young adults are far more impulsive, and that decreases as one ages.

  5. Alicia Grandey:

    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. nurses, for example, may amplify or fake their emotions for clear reasons.


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