im·​pa·​tience | \(ˌ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s \

Definition of impatience 

: the quality or state of being impatient

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the child's impatience for Christmas morning is engaging

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Their generosity and kindness, of course, can sometimes be eclipsed by their impatience and carelessness, which makes The Santa Clause the ultimate Sagittarius holiday film. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 The Supreme Court expressed impatience with the prolonged cleanup effort, which has shrouded parts of the tomb in scaffolding for days and weeks at a time. Shashank Bengali,, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 One recent day Gonzalez shouted at his students, not out of impatience, but rather with urgency, to get every student to understand the basics and the cost required for success. William D'urso,, "Whether amateurs or the sport's best, MMA fighters flock to an Albuquerque gym known for producing champions," 21 May 2018 Meanwhile, the spread between France’s impatience on one side, and the caution of Germany and a dauntingly large number of its allies on the other, remains as wide as ever. The Economist, "After months of preparation, a damp squib on euro-zone reform," 29 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports The impatience is easy to understand. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Would Sacramento Kings seriously consider drafting Michael Porter Jr. at No. 2?," 18 June 2018 This left aides worried that the whole summit might be ruined by Trump’s impatience. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Thought North Korea’s State TV Was Even Better Than Fox: Report," 15 June 2018 When the outside world expresses bafflement with the president's decision-making, insiders and political reporters point out his impatience, his impulsiveness and his preference for gut instinct over strategy. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump turns to Europe’s far right as he detains Latin American children," 20 June 2018 Or the big-league manager, a hitting coach, impatience, bad luck. Tom Krasovic,, "Revisiting a Padres' draft-and-farm hype train," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of impatience

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impatience was in the 13th century

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im·​pa·​tience | \im-ˈpā-shəns \

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 The dog pulled at the leash with an impatience to go faster.

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