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[im-pech-oo-uh s] /ɪmˈpɛtʃ u əs/

of, relating to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive:
an impetuous decision; an impetuous person.
having great ; moving with great force; violent:
the impetuous winds.
liable to act without consideration; rash; impulsive
resulting from or characterized by rashness or haste
(poetic) moving with great force or violence; rushing: the impetuous stream hurtled down the valley

late 14c., “hot-tempered, fierce,” from Old French impetuos (13c.) and directly from Late Latin impetuosus “impetuous, violent,” from Latin impetus “attack” (see impetus). Related: Impetuously; impetuousness.


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