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Impulsive vs Obligatory - What's the difference?

impulsive | obligatory |

As adjectives the difference between impulsive and obligatory

is that impulsive is having the power of driving or impelling; giving an impulse; moving; impellent while obligatory is imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding.

As a noun impulsive

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

impulsive

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Adjective

(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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    Noun

    (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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    obligatory

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Imposing obligation, morally or legally; binding.
  • an obligatory promise
  • * Richard Baxter
  • if he speak the words of an oath in a strange language, thinking they signify something else, or if he spake in his sleep, or deliration, or distraction, it is no oath, and so not obligatory .
  • Requiring a matter or obligation.
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