Definition of impatience in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌimˈpāSHəns/


The tendency to be impatient; irritability or restlessness: she crumpled up the pages in a burst of impatience he was shifting in his seat with impatience
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  • Her hair is clasped in an imperfect bun, her impatience with its ticklish irritation apparent.
  • All the time, those in the queue behind me did not register the slightest show of impatience or displeasure.
  • Any child gets to a point of impatience with his or her parents and the romance of having another mother or father must be terribly tempting.
restlessness, restiveness, agitation, nervousness, anxiety;
eagerness, keenness
informal jitteriness
irritability, testiness, tetchiness, irascibility, querulousness, peevishness, petulance, frustration, exasperation, annoyance, pique

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Syllabification: im·pa·tience

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