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 Each cheerio in that yellow container is one second of a great activity to combat the impatience of a 12 month old. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2024 Maxwell Martin tries to keep a lid on her impatience but is compromised by her wish to be understanding and helpful to a constituent who is spiralling into crisis with an appearance looming in a family court over visiting rights to his children. David Benedict, Variety, 26 June 2024 Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Gary Gensler belied impatience upon fielding questions from reporters about crypto, including his agency’s handling of applications to launch Ethereum ETFs. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 25 June 2024 The Capricorn moon riles up impatience around just deserves. USA TODAY, 23 June 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 14 Jul. 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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