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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
#32405hasty
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#45715capricious
#47195instinctive
#65029madcap
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#140105unbidden
#188637unprompted
#283110hotheaded

How to use impulsive in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Lorien Carter:

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

  3. Jesse Larios:

    It was an impulsive decision for sure. I didn't plan it out.

  4. Sam Houston:

    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.

  5. Christian Minotti:

    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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