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 for impulsive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impulsive \Im*pul"sive\, a. [Cf. F. impulsif.]
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     1. Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an
        impulse; moving; impellent.
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              Poor men! poor papers! We and they
              Do some impulsive force obey.         --Prior.
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     2. Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings.
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              My heart, impulsive and wayward.      --Longfellow.
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     3. (Mech.) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous;
        -- said of forces.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impulsive \Im*pul"sive\, n.
     That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
     --Sir W. Wotton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  impulsive
      adj 1: proceeding from natural feeling or impulse without
             external stimulus; "an impulsive gesture of affection"
             [syn: impulsive, unprompted]
      2: without forethought; "letting him borrow her car was an
         impulsive act that she immediately regretted"
      3: having the power of driving or impelling; "a driving personal
         ambition"; "the driving force was his innate enthusiasm"; "an
         impulsive force" [syn: driving, impulsive]
      4: 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" [syn: capricious, impulsive, whimsical]
      5: 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) [syn: hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous,
         madcap, tearaway(a), brainish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  238 Moby Thesaurus words for "impulsive":
     a bit previous, abrupt, actuating, adrift, advanced, afloat,
     alternating, amorphous, animating, automatic, blind, breakneck,
     breathless, brittle, capricious, causal, causative, changeable,
     changeful, changing, choppy, compelling, compulsive, conditioned,
     corruptible, deciduous, desultory, deviable, deviating, deviative,
     deviatory, devil-may-care, different, directive, disorderly,
     divaricate, divergent, diversified, diversiform, dizzy, driving,
     dying, eccentric, electrifying, emotional, ephemeral, erose,
     erratic, evanescent, extemporaneous, fading, far ahead,
     fast and loose, fickle, fitful, fleeting, flickering, flighty,
     flitting, fluctuating, fly-by-night, flying, foolhardy, forced,
     forward, fragile, frail, freakish, fugacious, fugitive, giddy,
     half-baked, half-cocked, hasty, headlong, ill-considered,
     immediate, impatient, impellent, impelling, impermanent, impetuous,
     inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, inducive, infirm, inherent,
     innate, instinctive, insubstantial, involuntary, irregular,
     irresolute, irresponsible, jagged, jerky, libidinal, madcap, mazy,
     mechanical, mercurial, momentary, moody, mortal, motivating,
     motivational, motive, motley, moving, mutable, natural,
     nerve-shattering, nonconformist, nondurable, nonpermanent,
     nonstandard, nonuniform, not firm, offhand, overhasty, oversoon,
     panting, passing, perishable, pluralistic, precipitant,
     precipitate, precipitous, precocious, premature, pressing,
     previous, pulsive, quick, ragged, rambling, rash, reckless, reflex,
     reflexive, restless, rough, roving, rushed, scatterbrained,
     shapeless, shifting, shifty, shocking, short-lived, shuffling,
     snap, spasmodic, speedy, spineless, spontaneous, sporadic,
     spur-of-the-moment, startling, subliminal, sudden, surprising,
     swift, temporal, temporary, thrusting, too early, too soon,
     transient, transitive, transitory, unaccountable, unanticipated,
     uncertain, unconscious, unconsidered, uncontrolled, uncrystallized,
     undependable, undisciplined, undurable, unenduring, unequable,
     unequal, uneven, unexpected, unfixed, unforeseen, unintentional,
     unjelled, unlearned, unlooked-for, unmatured, unmeditated,
     unorthodox, unplanned, unpredictable, unpredicted, unpremeditated,
     unprepared, unprompted, unreliable, unrestrained, unripe,
     unsettled, unstable, unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast,
     unsteady, unsystematic, unthinking, untimely, ununiform, unwilled,
     unwilling, unwitting, urgent, vacillating, vagrant, variable,
     variegated, variform, various, varying, vicissitudinary,
     vicissitudinous, volatile, wandering, wanton, wavering, wavery,
     wavy, wayward, whimsical, wild, wishy-washy
  
  

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