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impatient

im·pa·tient

impatient

pronunciation:
ihm peI shnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not patient; not willing or able to wait calmly.
After waiting in line for twenty minutes, he became impatient.
antonyms:
patient
definition 2: showing a lack of patience.
She is very impatient with students who don't do their homework.
similar words:
tired
derivation: impatiently (adv.)
Word Parts
The word impatient contains the following part:
im-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix im-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with the letter "m," "p," and "b." See in-2.