Synonyms & Antonyms of impetuous

acting or done quickly and without thought; controlled by emotion rather than thought
  • He's always been an impetuous young man, rushing into things without asking questions first.
  • made an impetuous decision

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for impetuous

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for impetuous

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About impetuous

How does the adjective impetuous contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of impetuous are abrupt, headlong, precipitate, and sudden. While all these words mean "showing undue haste or unexpectedness," impetuous stresses extreme impatience or impulsiveness.

an impetuous lover proposing marriage

When would abrupt be a good substitute for impetuous?

While in some cases nearly identical to impetuous, abrupt stresses curtness and a lack of warning or ceremony.

an abrupt refusal

When is headlong a more appropriate choice than impetuous?

In some situations, the words headlong and impetuous are roughly equivalent. However, headlong stresses rashness and lack of forethought.

a headlong flight from arrest

When can precipitate be used instead of impetuous?

The meanings of precipitate and impetuous largely overlap; however, precipitate stresses lack of due deliberation and implies prematureness of action.

the army's precipitate withdrawal

When could sudden be used to replace impetuous?

While the synonyms sudden and impetuous are close in meaning, sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action.

flew into a sudden rage

Learn More About impetuous

Time Traveler for impetuous

Time Traveler

The first known use of impetuous was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast About impetuous

Thesaurus Entries Near impetuous




See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Impetuous.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on impetuous

Nglish: Translation of impetuous for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of impetuous for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!