Impetuous meaning

ĭm-pĕch'o͝o-əs
Acting or done quickly with little or inadequate thought.
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Having or marked by violent force.

Impetuous, heaving waves.

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Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
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Moving with great force or violence; having great impetus; rushing; furious.

Impetuous winds.

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Characterized by sudden and violent force.
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The definition of impetuous is something that moves with a lot of force or done with little thought.

An example of impetuous is a bulldozer.

An example of impetuous is a person jumping onto a moving train.

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Acting or done suddenly with little thought; rash; impulsive.
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Origin of impetuous

  • Middle English violent from Old French impetueux from Late Latin impetuōsus from Latin impetus impetus impetus
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus (“violent”), from Latin impetus (“attack”).
    From Wiktionary