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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Garner's family expressed impatience Friday over a resolution in the long-running dispute. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Police officer in Eric Garner's death, Daniel Pantaleo, should be fired, NYPD judge says," 2 Aug. 2019 As their pain increases, so too should our impatience with any ideology that renders us too cold to listen or too impotent to act. David Brog, National Review, "What Bret Stephens Gets Wrong about National Conservatives," 1 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers have also expressed impatience with the large number of acting executives in the Trump administration. Lolita C. Baldor, Fortune, "Iran Tensions Are Escalating—And the U.S. Doesn't Have a Permanent Defense Secretary," 21 June 2019 The people in line were polite in their impatience. Sally Schwartz Higginson, Lake County News-Sun, "Column: A desperate and routine search for a temporarily lost credit card," 12 June 2019 My profound impatience about small matters of everyday living is both a curse and an embarrassment. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: How to deal with profound impatience? Try the Glass Bowl method.," 20 June 2019 Why is impatience signalled by the tapping of a toe, a gesture that telegraphs walking away? Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "A Twenty-Four-Thousand-Mile Walk Across Human History," 17 June 2019 That wasn’t impatience that often dooms chances at a U.S. Open. Doug Ferguson, The Denver Post, "Rickie Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 An old woman in a head wrap sat in serene impatience on a crate in the shade of a Honda Civic, eating fried sweet potato and hot sauce out of a foam carryout container. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019

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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 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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