Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate.
  • adj. Having or marked by violent force: impetuous, heaving waves.

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  • adj. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
  • adj. Characterized by sudden and violent force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent
  • adj. Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or characterized by great impetus; rushing with force and violence; acting with sudden, vehement, or rash energy; performed or delivered with sudden, overbearing force: as, an impetuous torrent; an impetuous charge or harangue.
  • Synonyms Precipitate, hot, furious, vehement, passionate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
  • adj. marked by violent force

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, violent, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus, from Latin impetus, impetus; see impetus.

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From Middle English, from Old French impetueux, from Late Latin impetuōsus ("violent"), from Latin impetus ("violence").

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