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 for impetuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impetuous \Im*pet"u*ous\, a. [F. impetueux, L. impetuosus. See
     1. Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus;
        furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an
        impetuous torrent.
        [1913 Webster]
              Went pouring forward with impetuous speed. --Byron.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man
        of impetuous temper.
        [1913 Webster]
              The people, on their holidays,
              Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable.    --Milton.
     Syn: Forcible; rapid; hasty; precipitate; furious;
          boisterous; violent; raging; fierce; passionate. --
          Im*pet"u*ous*ly, adv. -- Im*pet"u*ous*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or
             deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such
             impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous
             display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades";
             (`brainish' is archaic) [syn: hotheaded, impulsive,
             impetuous, madcap, tearaway(a), brainish]
      2: marked by violent force; "impetuous heaving waves"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  225 Moby Thesaurus words for "impetuous":
     abrupt, accident-prone, active, acute, adrift, afloat, aggressive,
     alternating, amorphous, animated, antsy, antsy-pantsy, anxious,
     ardent, breakneck, breathless, brisk, brittle, capricious,
     careless, chafing, changeable, changeful, corruptible, deciduous,
     desperate, desultory, deviable, devil-may-care, dizzy, dying,
     dynamic, eager, eccentric, edgy, electrifying, energetic,
     enterprising, enthusiastic, ephemeral, erratic, evanescent,
     excited, fading, fast and loose, fervid, fickle, fierce, fiery,
     fitful, fleeting, flickering, flighty, flitting, fluctuating,
     fly-by-night, flying, forceful, forcible, fragile, frail, freakish,
     fretful, fretting, fugacious, fugitive, full of pep, furious,
     giddy, go-go, harum-scarum, hasty, headlong, hearty, hopped-up,
     hotheaded, hurried, impassioned, impatient, impermanent, impulsive,
     in a lather, in a stew, in a sweat, incisive, inconsistent,
     inconstant, indecisive, infirm, insubstantial, intense, irregular,
     irresolute, irresponsible, keen, kinetic, lively, living, lusty,
     mad, mazy, mercurial, mettlesome, momentary, moody, mortal,
     mutable, nerve-shattering, nondurable, nonpermanent, offhand,
     on edge, overeager, overenthusiastic, overhasty, overzealous,
     panting, passing, passionate, peppy, perishable, precipitant,
     precipitate, precipitous, quick, rambling, rash, reckless, restive,
     restless, robust, roving, rushing, scatterbrained, shapeless,
     shifting, shifty, shocking, short-lived, shuffling, simmering,
     slap-bang, slapdash, smacking, snappy, spanking, spasmodic, speedy,
     spineless, spirited, spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment, squirming,
     squirmy, startling, stormy, strenuous, strong, sudden, surprising,
     swift, take-charge, take-over, tempestuous, temporal, temporary,
     tornadic, transient, transitive, transitory, trenchant,
     unaccountable, unanticipated, uncertain, uncontrolled,
     undependable, undisciplined, undurable, uneasy, unenduring,
     unexpected, unfixed, unforeseen, unlooked-for, unpatient,
     unplanned, unpredictable, unpredicted, unpremeditated, unquiet,
     unreflective, unreliable, unrestrained, unsettled, unstable,
     unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, unthinking,
     vacillating, vagrant, variable, vehement, vibrant, vicissitudinary,
     vicissitudinous, vigorous, violent, vivacious, vivid, volatile,
     volcanic, wandering, wanton, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayward,
     whimsical, wild, wishy-washy, zestful, zesty, zippy

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