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IMPETUOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impetuous mean? 

IMPETUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective IMPETUOUS has 2 senses:

1. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
2. marked by violent force

  Familiarity information: IMPETUOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPETUOUS (adjective)


Sense 1impetuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

Synonyms:

brainish; impetuous; madcap; tearaway; hotheaded; impulsive

Context examples:

a hotheaded decision / liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers / an impetuous display of spending and gambling / madcap escapades

Similar:

incautious (lacking in caution)

Domain usage:

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)


Sense 2impetuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by violent force

Context example:

impetuous heaving waves

Similar:

forceful (characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical))


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