WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 im•pet•u•ous /ɪmˈpɛtʃuəs/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
im•pet•u•os•i•ty /ɪmˌpɛtʃuˈɑsɪti/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
im•pet•u•ous•ly, adv. See -pet-.
- of, relating to, or characterized by sudden or rash action or emotion; impulsive:an impetuous youth.
(im pech′o̅o̅ əs),USA pronunciation adj.
- of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.;
impulsive:an impetuous decision; an impetuous person.
- having great impetus;
moving with great force;
violent:the impetuous winds.
- Late Latin impetuōsus, equivalent. to Latin impetu(s) impetus + -ōsus -ous
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged eager, headlong. Impetuous, impulsive both refer to persons who are hasty and precipitate in action, or to actions not preceded by thought. Impetuous suggests eagerness, violence, rashness:impetuous vivacity;
impetuous words.Impulsive emphasizes spontaneity and lack of reflection:an impulsive act of generosity.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged planned, careful.
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impetuous /ɪmˈpɛtjʊəs/ adj
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin impetuōsus violent; see impetusimˈpetuously adv imˈpetuousness, impetuosity /ɪmˌpɛtjʊˈɒsɪtɪ/ n
- liable to act without consideration; rash; impulsive
- resulting from or characterized by rashness or haste
- poetic moving with great force or violence; rushing: the impetuous stream hurtled down the valley
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