im·​pa·​tience (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce impatience (audio)
: the quality or state of being impatient

Examples of impatience in a Sentence

the child's impatience for Christmas morning is engaging
Recent Examples on the Web The impatience with council meetings is not limited to bigoted remarks during the public comment period. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2024 The two sides don’t undermine each other; there’s no easy answer to parental frustration or impatience or sense of loss, but there’s also no moment when the adult problems are given more weight or significance than the silly kid games. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2024 Indeed, patience may be construed by some as a surrogate for human empathy and sensitivity, while impatience may be interpreted as the antithesis of such human characteristics. Sheldon H. Jacobson and Dr. Janet A. Jokela, Twin Cities, 30 May 2024 Do your best to stay level-headed and make rational decisions, because impatience is likely to be your number one struggle., Baltimore Sun, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for impatience 

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Impatience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


im·​pa·​tience (ˈ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce impatience (audio)
: lack of patience
: restless or eager desire

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