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English definition of “impulsive”

impulsive

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpʌl.sɪv/ us  
C2 showing behaviour in which you do things suddenly without any planning and without considering the effects they may have: Don't be so impulsive - think before you act. an impulsive man/decision/gestureDoing things without fear or proper thought
impulsively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Doing things without fear or proper thought
(Definition of impulsive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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