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[im-pey-shuh ns] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃəns/
lack of patience.
eager desire for relief or change; restlessness.
intolerance of anything that thwarts, delays, or hinders.
Origin of impatience
1175-1225; Middle English impacience < Latin impatientia. See im-2, patience Unabridged
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  • But his famous impatience is still close to the surface.
  • Perhaps this fast food impatience effect is produced by fast food coffee or a too short lunch break.
  • Our impatience led us to move in advance of the column and well up with the advanced skirmishers.
  • Even though their bodies twitch with impatience when she tries to tell them stories of her girlhood.
  • My impatience, which can cause me to be really caustic and rude.
  • He finds ways of letting them know-not with impatience but with earnest efficiency.
  • The book won its readers over with its variety, its restless energy, its impatience with the proprieties.
  • There was surging impatience during a ceremonial opening that did not allow for any speeches from the floor.
  • He displays no impatience with himself, no bitterness, no visible emotion whatsoever.
  • The purpose of this article is to help recognize a sampling of the traits so you can work through and control your impatience.
British Dictionary definitions for impatience


lack of patience; intolerance of or irritability with anything that impedes or delays
restless desire for change and excitement
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Word Origin and History for impatience

c.1200, from Old French impacience (Modern French impatience) and directly from Latin impatientia, from impatiens (see impatient).

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