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

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Renewed jitters over slowing global growth and investors’ impatience on a U.S.-China trade pact sent U.S. stocks to their worst day in nearly a month, the latest hiccup during a big rally fueled by the Federal Reserve this year. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Stocks Close Lower as Investors Pause on Trade Developments," 4 Mar. 2019 According to an exposé in the New York Times, this campaign: stretched the image of classic ADHD to include relatively normal behavior like carelessness and impatience, and has often overstated the pills’ benefits. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 Even as some Western representatives expressed impatience, the Russians repeatedly challenged the organization’s interpretation of its own rules. New York Times, "In a Chemical Weapons Debate, Russia Tries to Change the Subject," 26 June 2018 But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has already signaled impatience with the slow negotiations. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Europe Has Trump’s Back in China Talks," 11 Dec. 2018 The book also details Trump’s impatience with the war in Afghanistan, which had become America’s longest conflict. Robert Costa, The Seattle Times, "New book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency," 4 Sep. 2018 Trump’s impatience with multilateral gatherings has already been factored in to the agenda, with planned work sessions on Georgia and Ukraine — both under siege from the Russians — combined into one meeting. Washington Post, "After ‘diplomatic equivalent of a multiple-car pileup,’ U.S. allies brace for NATO summit," 28 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of impatience

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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