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impulse

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impulse

noun im·pulse \ˈim-ˌpəls\

Definition of IMPULSE

1
:  a wave of excitation transmitted through tissues and especially nerve fibers and muscles that results in physiological activity or inhibition
2
a :  a sudden spontaneous inclination or incitement to some usually unpremeditated action <some uncontrollable impulse…may have driven the defendant to the commission of the murderous act—B. N. Cardozo> b :  a propensity or natural tendency usually other than rational <the fundamental impulse of self-expression—Havelock Ellis>
February 27, 2015
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An explanation or underlying reason
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