im·​pa·​tience | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce impatience (audio) \

Definition of impatience

: the quality or state of being impatient

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Examples of impatience in a Sentence

the child's impatience for Christmas morning is engaging
Recent Examples on the Web Guterres' speech revealed his increasing impatience and frustration with leaders. Caitlin Hu And Angela Dewan, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 In conservation circles, Gow is known for his impatience. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2021 Amid a rise in political violence, especially by right-wing extremists, there is also a growing impatience with the distinction between speech and violence. Arkansas Online, 26 July 2021 While Laschet has declined comment on the recent poll ratings, his rival for the nomination to succeed Merkel as chancellor has shown signs of impatience with the Union's campaign. Arkansas Online, 22 Aug. 2021 With this growing impatience, the case for cutting our losses grew stronger. Dan Crenshaw, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 The protests were condemned by the central government in Beijing, which watched from across the border with growing impatience. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 Not long after Leah Bartel and Rob Atkinson, its trainers, start gearing it up, the Belgian draft horse is pawing its hooves with impatience. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 14 Aug. 2021 Her usual voice was rigid and cold, often crackling with impatience. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of impatience

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Impatience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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im·​pa·​tience | \ im-ˈpā-shəns How to pronounce impatience (audio) \

Kids Definition of impatience

1 : the quality of not wanting to put up with or wait for something or someone : lack of patience Her impatience with the delay was obvious.
2 : restless or eager desire He showed impatience to go.

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