Impulsive vs Irrepressible - What's the difference?

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Impulsive is a related term of irrepressible.

As adjectives the difference between impulsive and irrepressible

is that impulsive is having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent while irrepressible is irrepressible.

As a noun impulsive

is that which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.




(en adjective)
  • Having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent.
  • * Prior
  • Poor men! poor papers! We and they / Do some impulsive force obey.
  • Actuated by impulse or by transient feelings; inclined to make rapid decisions without due consideration.
  • * Longfellow
  • my heart, impulsive and wayward
  • (mechanics) Acting momentarily, or by impulse; not continuous – said of forces.
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    (en noun)
  • That which impels or gives an impulse; an impelling agent.
  • One whose behaviour or personality is characterized by being impulsive.
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  • Not containable or controllable.
  • * 1858 , , Nicholas Nickleby , ch. 15:
  • " 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...
  • (of a person) Especially high-spirited, outspoken, or insistent.
  • * 1875 , , The Law and the Lady , ch. 3:
  • The irrepressible landlady gave the freest expression to her feelings.
  • * 1900 , , Lord Jim , ch. 19:
  • 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.
  • * 1901 , , The Octopus , Book II, Conclusion:
  • "The irrepressible Yank is knocking at the doors of their temples and he will want to sell 'em carpet-sweepers for their harems."
  • * 1963 July 12, " People," Time :
  • 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.
  • * 2012 July 24, , " 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.