impetuous

[im-pech-oo-uhs]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive: an impetuous decision; an impetuous person.
2.
having great impetus; moving with great force; violent: the impetuous winds.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin impetuōsus, equivalent to Latin impetu(s) impetus + -ōsus -ous

impetuously, adverb
impetuousness, noun

compulsive, impulsive, impetuous (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. eager, headlong. Impetuous, impulsive both refer to persons who are hasty and precipitate in action, or to actions not preceded by thought. Impetuous suggests eagerness, violence, rashness: impetuous vivacity; impetuous desire; impetuous words. Impulsive emphasizes spontaneity and lack of reflection: an impulsive act of generosity.


1. planned, careful.
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impetuous (ɪmˈpɛtjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  liable to act without consideration; rash; impulsive
2.  resulting from or characterized by rashness or haste
3.  poetic moving with great force or violence; rushing: the impetuous stream hurtled down the valley
 
[C14: from Late Latin impetuōsus violent; see impetus]
 
im'petuously
 
adv
 
im'petuousness
 
n
 
impetuosity
 
n

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impetuous
c.1489, from M.Fr. impétueux (13c.), from L.L. impetuosus "impetuous, violent," from L. impetus "attack" (see impetus).
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No more impetuousness, but rather sober consultation and deliberate decision-making.
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