impatience

noun im·pa·tience \ (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shən(t)s \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of impatience

: the quality or state of being impatient

Examples of impatience in a Sentence

  1. the child's impatience for Christmas morning is engaging

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First Known Use of impatience

13th century


IMPATIENCE Defined for Kids

impatience

noun im·pa·tience \ im-ˈpā-shəns \

Definition of impatience for Students

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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