|Flashcards: Latin Derivatives|
1) acting or done hastily or rashly, i.e., with little thought; 2) moving with great force.
She imagined that on her deathbed she would say to her impetuous son what she had said a hundred times already, "Don't drop the anchor until you know the chain has been secured."
Related English words: impetuosity (the quality of being impetuous), impetuousness (impetuosity)
Latin root word: impetus, impetus, m. - attack