Definition of impetuous in English:


Pronunciation /imˈpeCH(o͞o)əs/ /ɪmˈpɛtʃ(u)əs/

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  • 1Acting or done quickly and without thought or care.

    ‘her friend was headstrong and impetuous’
    • ‘But this administration seems intent on doing it in the most reckless, foolhardy and impetuous manner possible.’
    • ‘Surely, a matter of the leader of the party is too serious for an impetuous decision to be made and later taken back in the twinkling of an eye.’
    • ‘They say he is too impetuous, too rash, too impulsive.’
    • ‘Beware of making rash judgments and impetuous commitments.’
    • ‘He added that taking the car had been an impetuous and unplanned crime.’
    • ‘It had been an impetuous and unplanned crime and he knew he had driven appallingly.’
    • ‘He quickly apologized, but the rather impetuous soldier demanded that the matter be settled in a sword duel.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this wasn't any bold declaration of reckless, impetuous love, it's a last-ditch attempt to not get deported.’
    • ‘Over and over again, Peter came face-to-face with his impetuous, rash nature, and every time he had to confront his inability to change.’
    • ‘The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.’
    • ‘As you make decisions, think about the difference between being spontaneous and being impetuous.’
    • ‘At this stage in a man's growth, the fiery, impetuous impulses of his youth have given way to a more balanced and thoughtful view.’
    • ‘He said the advent of welfare-managers and player-managers was a huge advance in football, because it shielded impetuous teenagers from their own rash decisions.’
    • ‘The slightly longer answer is to be more decisive, more impetuous and, in some areas, less of a perfectionist.’
    • ‘Three months later I received the news that he had gone on holiday in Greece, saw somebody in difficulty swimming off a treacherous part of the coast, and in his generous and impetuous way had rushed in to save them.’
    • ‘They are extremely responsive to romantic attention, which is very gratifying to their ever-hungry ego, and as such they can suffer from rash romantic liaisons that are impetuous and unsuitable on a long term basis.’
    • ‘The US singer/songwriter captivates a varied audience, everyone from the young and impetuous to the old and contemplative, the broke to (especially right now) the wealthy.’
    • ‘Caught in a maelstrom of sensations, I hardly noticed impetuous spring turn into raging summer, blazing heat into the balanced temperature of fall.’
    • ‘She is impetuous, often acting with little self control or regard for the consequences of her actions.’
    • ‘And third, passion can make someone impetuous; here its victory over reason is so powerful that the latter does not even enter into the arena of conscious reflection until it is too late to influence action.’
    impulsive, rash, hasty, overhasty, reckless, heedless, foolhardy, incautious, imprudent, injudicious, ill-conceived, ill-considered, unplanned, unreasoned, unthought-out, unthinking
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    1. 1.1Moving forcefully or rapidly.
      ‘an impetuous but controlled flow of water’
      • ‘Standing on the bank of a canal together with other joyful dwellers of a clay town, the guardsman was watching the impetuous flow, a broad smile on his face.’
      torrential, powerful, forceful, vigorous, violent, raging, rampant, relentless, unrestrained, uncontrolled, unbridled
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Late Middle English from Old French impetueux, from late Latin impetuosus, from impetere ‘to attack’.