Definition of impetuous in English:



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

    ‘she might live to rue this impetuous decision’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He quickly apologized, but the rather impetuous soldier demanded that the matter be settled in a sword duel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is impetuous, often acting with little self control or regard for the consequences of her actions.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this wasn't any bold declaration of reckless, impetuous love, it's a last-ditch attempt to not get deported.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you make decisions, think about the difference between being spontaneous and being impetuous.’
    • ‘But this administration seems intent on doing it in the most reckless, foolhardy and impetuous manner possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Caught in a maelstrom of sensations, I hardly noticed impetuous spring turn into raging summer, blazing heat into the balanced temperature of fall.’
    • ‘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 slightly longer answer is to be more decisive, more impetuous and, in some areas, less of a perfectionist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beware of making rash judgments and impetuous commitments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They say he is too impetuous, too rash, too impulsive.’
    • ‘The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.’
    impulsive, rash, hasty, overhasty, reckless, heedless, foolhardy, incautious, imprudent, injudicious, ill-conceived, ill-considered, unplanned, unreasoned, unthought-out, unthinking
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    1. 1.1 Moving 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’.