impatience

noun
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 Expressing frustration or impatience could lead to regrets later. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 15, 2020: Cancer; show off your ingenuity; Pisces, be generous with loved ones," 15 Sep. 2020 American scientists at Novavax, a biotech company in suburban Maryland, waited with increasing impatience. USA Today, "The sprint to create a COVID-19 vaccine started in January. The finish line awaits.," 11 Sep. 2020 Much can be accomplished, but keep impatience and irritation in check. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 22 Aug. 2020 There were signs of impatience in the White House as Beijing trumpeted its vaccine rollout over the weekend. Washington Post, "China says it began public use of covid-19 vaccine a month ago, bypassing clinical trials," 24 Aug. 2020 In the absence of such lurid attractions, how would the candidacy of Joe Biden survive the impatience of the voters, much less the pitiless gaze of a Mencken? David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Obama, Harris, and an Unconventional Convention," 20 Aug. 2020 Gewen’s own attraction to the darker side of politics and human potential has shown up in his own understandable impatience with American naiveté. Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, "The Inevitability of Defending Henry Kissinger," 13 Aug. 2020 The Trump campaign has heightened its anti-China rhetoric in the past month while the administration has signaled its impatience with Beijing. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump says his bromance with Chinese leader Xi Jinping is over," 11 Aug. 2020 The mayor of Atlanta has become a national figure and one of America's most prominent Black politicians through sparring with Georgia's pro-Trump governor over his impatience to reopen the state's economy. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Who will Biden pick for vice president? The clock is ticking," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Impatience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impatience. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for impatience

impatience

noun
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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