What does impatience mean?

Definitions for impatience
ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənsim·pa·tience

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restlessness, impatiencenoun

    a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay

  2. impatiencenoun

    a restless desire for change and excitement

  3. impatiencenoun

    a dislike of anything that causes delay


  1. impatiencenoun

    The quality of being impatient; lacking patience; restlessness and intolerance of delays; anxiety and eagerness, especially to begin something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Impatiencenoun

    Etymology: impatience, Fr. impatientia, Latin.

    All the power of his wits has given way to his impatience. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The experiment I resolved to make was upon thought, and not rashness or impatience. William Temple.


  1. impatience

    Impatience is a feeling of restlessness and intolerance often triggered by delays, inefficiency or having to wait. It often includes a sense of urgency or a desire for immediate action or results. This emotional state can lead to individuals acting hastily or impulsively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impatiencenoun

    the quality of being impatient; want of endurance of pain, suffering, opposition, or delay; eagerness for change, or for something expected; restlessness; chafing of spirit; fretfulness; passion; as, the impatience of a child or an invalid

  2. Etymology: [OE. impacience, F. impatience, fr. L. impatientia.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impatience in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impatience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of impatience in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Anne Hidalgo:

    To be a candidate for the Olympics and Paralympics is too important a subject to be driven by enthusiasm and impatience.

  2. Valery Spiridonov:

    When I realized that I could participate in something really big and important, I had no doubt left in my mind and started to work in this direction, the only thing I feel is the sense of pleasant impatience, like I have been preparing for something important all my life and it is starting to happen.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.

  4. Trisha Harp:

    Harp's data showed that entrepreneurs who set shared long-term business and family goals with their spouses scored higher in every area of satisfaction than those who didn’t. On her surveys, entrepreneurs who set shared business goals were 17 percent happier than those who didn’t; and 27 percent who set shared family goals reported higher levels of satisfaction. Of those who set shared family goals, 98 percent reported being still in love with their spouse. Contrary to what one might believe, Harp's data showed that when entrepreneurs shared both positive and negative aspects of the business on a regular basis, the other spouse's trust and confidence in the entrepreneur actually increased. Sharing on a regular basis increases the spouse's belief in their entrepreneur’s ability to succeed, Harp says. When the entrepreneur chooses not to share, the spouse usually knows when something is wrong, simply by observing his/her partner’s demeanor. The not knowing leads to frustration, anxiety and impatience, Harp says. However, when the entrepreneur shares on a regular basis, the spouse is privy to the solutions the entrepreneur is considering, she adds. And discussions make the non-entrepreneur spouse feel as if he or she is contributing. This helps increase a spouse's ‘buy-in’ and makes them feel like it is ‘our’ company instead of just ‘your company,’.

  5. Scott Morrison:

    The election will be called in April and the election will be held in May. We're not doing this with any haste and we're not doing it with any delay, i noticed Bill Shorten's frustration yesterday, but you know, that impatience is born of arrogance.

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