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impetuous
as in:  an impetuous decision


She regretted her impetuous promise.
  impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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impetuous impetuosity impetuously impetuousness
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Use in place of "impulsive" to indicate an unfortunate consequence.
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  • She regretted her impetuous promise.
  • We need someone more steady. Like many young people, she is too impetuous.
  • She is impetuous, arrogant and inexperienced.
  • He was restless, fearless, but of impetuous and sometimes ungovernable temper.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains

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  • He was then the most impetuous boy in the world, and he is now the most impetuous man.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • "I could explain—no I couldn’t, either," said Henry, as the ramifications of his impetuosity sank in.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She too, had passionate desires, but they were persistent rather than impetuous.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • she burst forth in her most impetuous manner.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • the impetuosity of youth
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • To say we were rotten little children would be like saying John Brown was a little on the impetuous side,
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’

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  • There was an impetuous strong sign from Petra. In words, it would have been an impatient Shut up!
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • You were not right, not quite in the right, you were impetuous.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ...he demanded impetuously.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • In spite of his usual command over himself, Dantes could not restrain his impetuosity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She is impetuous—volcanic, I was about to say.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Jonathan’s impetuosity, and the manifest singleness of his purpose, seemed to overawe those in front of him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • the impetuous confidence of his manner
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • all undertaken with his characteristic impetuosity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She looked at him with a sudden impetuosity.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • But d’Artagnan was at the same time impetuous and curious.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Made me feel grateful that Kyle was impetuous and selfish.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And even if that impetuous fool Gennaro decided to burn it to the ground, it would not make much difference.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • the impetuous young man ... sprang upon his enemy with naked hands.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • keeping in check the impetuosity of his natural impulses
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • When I did speak, it was only to express an impetuous wish that I had never been born, or never come to Thornfield.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Perhaps she had felt the impetuous desire that was in him, and then the yielding mood had come upon her.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • the manner in which the words escaped from his mouth,— incoherent, impetuous, pell-mell, tumbling over each other,
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He felt an urgent desire to be alone with her again soon and sprang up impetuously from his table and went running outside and back down the street toward...
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Her impetuous act might prove the death-signal of the man she would have died to save.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Avdotya Romanovna began impetuously, but immediately checked herself.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • impetuous haste
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • "I can’t feel as I’ve got any father but one," said Eppie, impetuously, while the tears gathered.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • But Atlanta was ... as headstrong and impetuous as herself.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • With that she rushed across the street so impetuously that she narrowly escaped annihilation from a passing truck,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She’s too impetuous.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • He was a dark-browed, good-looking youngster of nineteen, greatly resembling his mother, but with ten times her impetuosity.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • "Say a good fellow, if you want a phrase," returned Herbert, smiling, and clapping his hand on the back of mine—"a good fellow, with impetuosity and hesitation, boldness and diffidence, action and dreaming, curiously mixed in him."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He is, in fact, but for his years and size, rather like a very impetuous baby "taking notice" eagerly and loudly, and requiring almost as much watching to keep him out of unintended mischief.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • "I can’t see," he said impetuously, "why you have never written anything about Antonia."
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Mr. Micawber, whose impetuosity I had restrained thus far with the greatest difficulty,
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • the impetuous gusts of the north wind do not make the traveler lay aside his cloak;
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • What an impetuous boy he is!
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Silent under his polished helmet, Hektor, dazzling and impetuous, passed on to drive the Argives back with general slaughter,
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Tom turned to the woman, and said with impetuous zeal— "Exert thy power—I would see a storm!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Jack, with his usual impetuosity, wished to send a shot in amongst the robber band, but I prevented him, for I knew that the bird or two he might kill would be of no use to us, while his shot would not drive away the rest, even had we wished it.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • his rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Impetuous fellow!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There was a thought yet nearer, a more prevailing, more impetuous concern.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
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