Definition of impetuous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛtjʊəs/


1Acting or done quickly and without thought or care: she might live to rue this impetuous decision
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  • 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.
impulsive, rash, hasty, overhasty, reckless, heedless, foolhardy, incautious, imprudent, injudicious, ill-conceived, ill-considered, unplanned, unreasoned, unthought-out, unthinking;
spontaneous, impromptu, spur-of-the-moment, precipitate, precipitous, headlong, hurried, rushed
1.1Moving forcefully or rapidly: an impetuous but controlled flow of water
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  • 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;
rapid, fast, fast-flowing, rushing



Pronunciation: /ɪmpɛtjʊˈɒsɪti/
Example sentences
  • One small officer in his impetuosity dashed at the pig with his spear, missed him clean, and fell over on the top of him.
  • He lacks strategy and good judgment, and his quick temper and impetuosity too often get the better of him.
  • Perhaps they miss something of the impetuosity of the first movement of the Kreutzer, the violent physical impact that Beethoven brought to music (and which is anticipated in the fiery C minor sonata).


Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛtjʊəsli/
Example sentences
  • The Government arrogantly and impetuously forced postal voting on the region - against expert advice of the Electoral Commission - and is now reaping the ill wind of that misjudgement.
  • A flock of birds surges impetuously from the thickets and takes flight towards the windmills that decorate the landscape.
  • So a totally discredited source of energy is being imposed upon the country, simply because the government impetuously committed itself to it.


Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɛtjʊəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Unlike Michelle below, he can't even blame the impetuousness of youth.
  • It's associated with a fiery temper, with an uncontrollable individuality and impetuousness.
  • They're full of introspection and nostalgia lately, but the impetuousness that made their early records so enjoyable still burbles to the top on a pretty regular basis.


Late Middle English: from Old French impetueux, from late Latin impetuosus, from impetere 'to attack'.

  • appeal from Middle English:

    Recorded first in legal contexts, appeal comes via Old French from Latin appellare ‘to address, accost, call upon’. Peal (Late Middle English) is a shortening of appeal, perhaps from the call to prayers of a ringing bell. The base of appeal is Latin pellere ‘to drive’, found also in compel ‘drive together’; dispel ‘drive apart’; expel ‘drive out’; impel ‘drive towards’; and impulsive; propel ‘drive forwards’; repel ‘drive back’, all Late Middle English. It is also the source of the pulse (Middle English) that you can feel on your wrist and is related to push (Middle English). The other kind of pulse, an edible seed, is a different word, which comes via Old French from Latin puls ‘porridge of meal or pulse’, related to the sources of both pollen and powder.

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