Adjective "Impetuous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Acting or done quickly and without thought or care.
  1. 'But this administration seems intent on doing it in the most reckless, foolhardy and impetuous manner possible.'
  2. 'As you make decisions, think about the difference between being spontaneous and being impetuous.'
  3. 'The slightly longer answer is to be more decisive, more impetuous and, in some areas, less of a perfectionist.'
  4. 'At this stage in a man's growth, the fiery, impetuous impulses of his youth have given way to a more balanced and thoughtful view.'
  5. 'And third, passion can make someone impetuous; here its victory over reason is so powerful that the latter does not even enter into the arena of conscious reflection until it is too late to influence action.'
  6. 'Three months later I received the news that he had gone on holiday in Greece, saw somebody in difficulty swimming off a treacherous part of the coast, and in his generous and impetuous way had rushed in to save them.'
  7. 'It had been an impetuous and unplanned crime and he knew he had driven appallingly.'
  8. 'He said the advent of welfare-managers and player-managers was a huge advance in football, because it shielded impetuous teenagers from their own rash decisions.'
  9. 'Unfortunately, this wasn't any bold declaration of reckless, impetuous love, it's a last-ditch attempt to not get deported.'
  10. 'She is impetuous, often acting with little self control or regard for the consequences of her actions.'
  11. 'an impetuous but controlled flow of water'


1. of, relating 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"sonatas can be impetuous in movements."

"people can be impetuous by natures."

"people can be impetuous."

"natures can be impetuous."

"decisions can be impetuous."

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Late Middle English: from Old French impetueux, from late Latin impetuosus, from impetere ‘to attack’.