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impatient

[im-pey-shuh nt] /ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənt/
adjective
1.
not patient; not accepting delay, opposition, pain, etc., with calm or patience.
2.
indicating lack of patience:
an impatient answer.
3.
restless in desire or expectation; eagerly desirous.
Idioms
4.
impatient of, intolerant of:
impatient of any interruptions.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English impacient < Latin impatient- (stem of impatiēns) not enduring, not tolerating. See im-2, patient
Related forms
impatiently, adverb
impatientness, noun
unimpatient, adjective
unimpatiently, adverb
Synonyms
1. uneasy, unquiet. 1, 2. irritable, testy, fretful, violent, hot; curt, brusque, abrupt. 3. hasty, impetuous, precipitate, sudden.
Antonyms
1. calm.
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British Dictionary definitions for un impatient

impatient

/ɪmˈpeɪʃənt/
adjective
1.
lacking patience; easily irritated at delay, opposition, etc
2.
exhibiting lack of patience an impatient retort
3.
(postpositive) foll by of. intolerant (of) or indignant (at) impatient of indecision
4.
(postpositive) often foll by for. restlessly eager (for something or to do something)
Derived Forms
impatiently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un impatient

impatient

adj.

late 14c., from Old French impacient (Modern French impatient), from Latin impatientem (nominative impatiens) "that cannot bear, intolerant, impatient," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + patiens (see patience). Related: Impatiently.

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