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adjective im·pet·u·ous \im-ˈpech-wəs; -ˈpe-chə-, -chü-əs\

: acting or done quickly and without thought : controlled by emotion rather than thought

Full Definition of IMPETUOUS

:  marked by impulsive vehemence or passion <an impetuous temperament>
:  marked by force and violence of movement or action <an impetuous wind>
im·pet·u·ous·ly adverb
im·pet·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of IMPETUOUS

  1. He's always been an impetuous young man.
  2. In one episode of The Sopranos, … the young, impetuous mobster Christopher Moltisanti … tries to write a screenplay in the hours when he is not robbing trucks or picking up cannolis for Tony. —David Remnick, New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2001


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin impetuosus, from Latin impetus (see impetus)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of IMPETUOUS

precipitate, headlong, abrupt, impetuous, sudden mean showing undue haste or unexpectedness. precipitate stresses lack of due deliberation and implies prematureness of action <the army's precipitate withdrawal>. headlong stresses rashness and lack of forethought <a headlong flight from arrest>. abrupt stresses curtness and a lack of warning or ceremony <an abrupt refusal>. impetuous stresses extreme impatience or impulsiveness <an impetuous lover proposing marriage>. sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action <flew into a sudden rage>.
IMPETUOUSLY Defined for Kids


adjective im·pet·u·ous \im-ˈpe-chə-wəs\

Definition of IMPETUOUS for Kids

:  acting or done quickly and without thought :  impulsive <an impetuous decision>


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