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impetuous -- as in: an impetuous decision
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Moby Dick
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  • For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable—they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness—and...
  • I see!’ impetuously exclaimed Don Pedro, spilling his chicha upon his silvery ruffles.
  • "Man my boat!" cried Ahab, impetuously, and tossing about the oars near him—"Stand by to lower!"
  • …of common occurrence in this kind of life; considering that at the superlatively critical instant of going on to the whale I must resign my life into the hands of him who steered the boat—oftentimes a fellow who at that very moment is in his impetuousness upon the point of scuttling the craft with his own frantic stampings; considering that the particular disaster to our own particular boat was chiefly to be imputed to Starbuck’s driving on to his whale almost in the teeth of a squall,…

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  • She regretted her impetuous promise.
  • We need someone more steady. Like many young people, she is too impetuous.

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