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1 caused by or suggestive of an irresistible urge
  • an impulsive purchase of a very expensive jacket

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spontaneous, impulsive, instinctive, automatic, mechanical mean acting or activated without deliberation. spontaneous implies lack of prompting and connotes naturalness. a spontaneous burst of applause impulsive implies acting under stress of emotion or spirit of the moment. impulsive acts of violence instinctive stresses action involving neither judgment nor will. blinking is an instinctive reaction automatic implies action engaging neither the mind nor the emotions and connotes a predictable response. his denial was automatic mechanical stresses the lifeless, often perfunctory character of the response. a mechanical teaching method

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The first known use of impulsive was in the 15th century

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“Impulsive.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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