Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

impulse | impulsive

impulse
Meaning(s)
1) urge to act without thought of consequences
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    • impulse purchase, act on impulse, be very impulsive
  • Analysis
    An 'impulse' is a sudden or strong urge to do something or to act in a particular way. An impulse is also something that causes something else to happen. In physics and impulse is it a force that produces a change of momentum and can also refer to pulses of electricity.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I just did it on impulse. It seemed like the right decision at the time.
    2. He hadn't planned to buy the guitar, but he couldn't resist it. It was an impulse purchase.
    3. He was a very impulsive person, so he booked a flight as soon as he saw the advertisement.
    4. It was an impulsive decision and one which he regretted almost immediately.
    5. The child was acting on impulse when he put the hot food in his mouth. He didn't know it would burn his tongue.
    6. The criminal said that he acted on impulse when he carried out the robbery.
    7. I don't plan things very well. I tend to just act on impulse and see what happens.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We need to make decisions based on data and analytics and not act on impulse.
    2. I acted on impulse and now realise it was a bad move for the business.
    3. the drop in property prices was the impulse for us to buy a new site.
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