1 a (often foll. by at, with) lacking patience or tolerance. b (of an action) showing a lack of patience.
2 (often foll. by for, or to + infin.) restlessly eager.
3 (foll. by of) intolerant.
impatience n. impatiently adv.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L impatiens (as IN-(1), PATIENT)

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  • impatient — impatient, ente (in pa si an, an t ) adj. 1°   Qui manque de patience, soit dans la souffrance, soit dans l attente. •   D un peuple impatient vous entendez la voix, RAC. Iphig. V, 3. •   L impatient Néron cesse de se contraindre ; Las de se… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Impatient — Im*pa tient ([i^]m*p[=a] shent), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • impatient — Impatient, [impati]ente. adj. Qui est inquiet, qui manque de patience. Vous estes trop impatient, ne sçauriez vous encore attendre un moment. il est d un naturel impatient. il est impatient de son naturel. c est un esprit impatient. Je suis fort… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • impatient — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. impacient (Mod.Fr. impatient), from L. impatientem (nom. impatiens) that cannot bear, intolerant, impatient, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + patiens (see PATIENCE (Cf. patience)) …   Etymology dictionary

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