impetuous

[ im-pech-oo-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English

from Old French impetueux, from late Latin impetuosus, from impetere ‘to attack’

Synonyms

    1.
  • torrential
  • powerful
  • forceful
  • vigorous
    2.
  • impulsive
  • rash
  • hasty
  • reckless

Antonyms

    1.
  • sluggish
  • weak
    2.
  • cautious
  • considered

Definition

1. moving forcefully or rapidly
2. acting or done quickly and without thought or care

Examples

1. A) The impetuous rapids carried our raft swiftly down the river. B) The impetuous winds nearly blew our roof off!
2. A) The doctor's impetuous exam of the patient led to an overlooked illness. B) Cory soon regretted his impetuous decision to travel the world instead of going to college.

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