Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings; inclined to make rapid decisions without due consideration.
- Poor men! poor papers! We and they / Do some impulsive force obey.
(mechanics) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous – said of forces.
- my heart, impulsive and wayward
That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.
Not containable or controllable.
* 1858 , , Nicholas Nickleby , ch. 15:
(of a person) Especially high-spirited, outspoken, or insistent.
* 1875 , , The Law and the Lady , ch. 3:
- "...here the two friends burst into a variety of giggles, and glanced from time to time, over the tops of their pocket-handkerchiefs, at Nicholas, who from a state of unmixed astonishment, gradually fell into one of irrepressible laughter...
* 1900 , , Lord Jim , ch. 19:
- The irrepressible landlady gave the freest expression to her feelings.
* 1901 , , The Octopus , Book II, Conclusion:
- Schomberg, . . . an irrepressible retailer of all the scandalous gossip of the place, would, with both elbows on the table, impart an adorned version of the story to any guest.
* 1963 July 12, "
- "The irrepressible Yank is knocking at the doors of their temples and he will want to sell 'em carpet-sweepers for their harems."
People," Time :
* 2012 July 24, , "
- It was Paris' irrepressible High Fashion Doyenne Gabrielle ("Coco") Chanel, 80, so-soing this and high-hatting that, while Women's Wear Daily took notes.
Sherman Hemsley, ‘Jeffersons’ Star, Is Dead at 74," New York Times (retrieved 16 June 2013):
- High-strung and irrepressible , George Jefferson quickly became one of America’s most popular television characters, a high-energy, combative black man who backed down to no one.