Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Done or made with haste, especially.
  • adjective Done or made without due consideration or attention; precipitate or cursory: synonym: impetuous.
  • adjective Done or made rapidly due to pressing circumstances.
  • adjective Acting with too much speed or haste; hurried.
  • adjective Impatient or rudely abrupt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Moving or acting with haste; quick; speedy: opposed to slow.
  • Eager; precipitate; rash; inconsiderate; acting or arising from heedless impulse or passion: opposed to deliberate.
  • Requiring haste or immediate action.
  • Early ripe; forward; hasting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Involving haste; done, made, etc., in haste.
  • adjective rare Demanding haste or immediate action.
  • adjective Moving or acting with haste or in a hurry; hurrying; hence, acting without deliberation; precipitate; rash; easily excited; eager.
  • adjective Made or reached without deliberation or due caution
  • adjective Proceeding from, or indicating, a quick temper.
  • adjective obsolete Forward; early; first ripe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Acting in haste; being too hurried or quick. (e.g. Without much thinking about it they made a hasty decision to buy it.)

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

  • adjective done with very great haste and without due deliberation
  • adjective excessively quick

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French hastif (Modern hâtif), from Frankish.

Examples

  • The Cabinet said it also wants the Israeli leadership to apologize for what it described as "hasty" remarks about Egypt.

    Egypt Withdraws Ambassador to Israel Following Shootings

  • The Cabinet said it also wants the Israeli leadership to apologize for what it described as "hasty" remarks about Egypt.

    Egypt Withdraws Ambassador to Israel Following Shootings

  • Asmal warned against what he described as hasty and ill-considered responses to the national higher education plan.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Fisheries director Erminio Lima Alberto told AFP that the EU should reconsider the ban, which he called a hasty measure.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I'm thirty, and not what you call hasty, as I used to be, or thinking that nothing matters like the French.

    The Longest Journey

  • Heine says he's been forced to take his stock of the bath salts - worth thousands of dollars - off the shelves because of what he calls a hasty and wrong decision by the attorney general.

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  • Heine says he's been forced to take his stock of the bath salts - worth thousands of dollars - off the shelves because of what he calls a hasty and wrong decision by the attorney general.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Heine says he's been forced to take his stock of the bath salts - worth thousands of dollars - off the shelves because of what he calls a hasty and wrong decision by the attorney general.

    NPR Topics: News

  • When John Paul's beatification was announced in January, the U.S.-based Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests criticized what it described as a "hasty drive to confer sainthood on the pontiff under whose reign most of the widely documented clergy sex crimes and coverups took place."

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  • Heine says he's been forced to take his stock of the bath salts - worth thousands of dollars - off the shelves because of what he calls a hasty and wrong decision by the attorney general.

    NPR Topics: News

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