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

  • adj. Characterized by speed; rapid. See Synonyms at fast1.
  • adj. Done or made too quickly to be accurate or wise; rash: a hasty decision. See Synonyms at impetuous.
  • adj. Easily angered; irritable.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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Old French hastif (Modern hâtif), from Frankish.


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

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

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  • 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." - Home Page

  • 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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  • Lawmakers said sabotage was not in play in the Abadan incidents and instead accused Ahmadinejad of ignoring "well-known technical problems" in what they described as the hasty opening of the refinery.

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  • American Petroleum Institute and National Assn. of Manufacturers, welcomed the delays as a mea culpa by the administration for making what they call hasty decisions on environmental regulation. - News

  • The head of Iraq's Bar Association was critical of what he called a hasty trial with clear political dimensions.


  • All our hopes are hung around the dream of a world at peace, and if we made a mistake in hasty demobilization, it was a mistake of the head, not of the heart.

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