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Meaning of IMPATIENT

Pronunciation:  im'peyshunt

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  restless or short of temper under delay or opposition; "impatient with the slower students"; "impatient of criticism"

IMPATIENT is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: impatient of(p), intolerant of(p), restive, short, unforbearing
 Antonyms: patient
 See Also: agitated



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im*pa"tient\, a. [OE. impacient, F. impatient, fr. L.
    impatiens; pref. im- not + patiens patient. See {Patient}.]
    1. Not patient; not bearing with composure; intolerant;
       uneasy; fretful; restless, because of pain, delay, or
       opposition; eager for change, or for something expected;
       hasty; passionate; -- often followed by at, for, of, and
             A violent, sudden, and impatient necessity. --Jer.
             Fame, impatient of extremes, decays Not more by envy
             than excess of praise.                --Pope.
             The impatient man will not give himself time to be
             informed of the matter that lies before him.
             Dryden was poor and impatient of poverty.
    2. Not to be borne; unendurable. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    3. Prompted by, or exhibiting, impatience; as, impatient
       speeches or replies. --Shak.
    Syn: Restless; uneasy; changeable; hot; eager; fretful;
         intolerant; passionate.
  2. \Im*pa"tient\, n.
    One who is impatient. [R.]
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