impulse

Part of speech: noun

An impetus.

Part of speech: noun

A sudden or transient feeling; impelling force.

Part of speech: noun

Impulsion.

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Usage examples "impulse":

  1. He never had a mean thought; of course we're all full of mean thoughts, and Dan is too; but his first impulse is always generous and sweet, and at his age people act a great deal from impulse. - "April Hopes", William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009.
  2. Everything with him was impulse and enthusiasm. - "The Bertrams", Anthony Trollope.
  3. Why may not the impulse pass between men and the lower animals, or between the lower animals themselves? - "Occultism and Common-Sense", Beckles Willson.