Definition of Precipitous

1. Adjective. Done with very great haste and without due deliberation. "Wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"




2. Adjective. Extremely steep. "A sharp drop"
Exact synonyms: Abrupt, Sharp
Similar to: Steep
Derivative terms: Abruptness, Precipice, Precipitousness

Definition of Precipitous

1. a. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.

Definition of Precipitous

1. Adjective. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain. ¹

2. Adjective. Headlong; as, precipitous fall. ¹

3. Adjective. Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Precipitous

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Precipitous

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precipitous (current term)
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precisianism

Literary usage of Precipitous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"precipitate, precipitous Many people, including most usage commentators, are insistent about keeping these adjectives distinct. ..."

2. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"... AND precipitous CLIFFS " true that these recesses at the base of the precipitous terraces so often coincide with the overhanging cascade of a river that ..."

3. Identifying and Responding to New Forms of Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from by Marcia R. Chaiken (1994)
"Stage 5: precipitous Increases in Use In stage 5, the use of a substance spreads ... The Example of precipitous Increases in the Use of Base Cocaine and ..."

4. Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in by James Edward Alexander (1833)
"... I put on an Oriental turban, and we continued our excursion. After a smart canter, we suddenly found ourselves on the verge of a very precipitous ..."

5. Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in by James Edward Alexander (1833)
"precipitous descent.—The white Creoles—Plantations.—Turner's Hall Wood.—The boiling Spring.—Harrison's Cave and the animal flower cave. ..."

6. The Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian Islands by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1913)
"... mainly valleys and ridges with very precipitous slopes. From Naalehu the country slopes very gradually. FLORAL ASPECTS OF KAU. LAVA FORMATION. ..."

7. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"precipitate, precipitous Many people, including most usage commentators, are insistent about keeping these adjectives distinct. ..."

8. The Uganda Protectorate: An Attempt to Give Some Description of the Physical by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1902)
"... AND precipitous CLIFFS " true that these recesses at the base of the precipitous terraces so often coincide with the overhanging cascade of a river that ..."

9. Identifying and Responding to New Forms of Drug Abuse: Lessons Learned from by Marcia R. Chaiken (1994)
"Stage 5: precipitous Increases in Use In stage 5, the use of a substance spreads ... The Example of precipitous Increases in the Use of Base Cocaine and ..."

10. Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in by James Edward Alexander (1833)
"... I put on an Oriental turban, and we continued our excursion. After a smart canter, we suddenly found ourselves on the verge of a very precipitous ..."

11. Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in by James Edward Alexander (1833)
"precipitous descent.—The white Creoles—Plantations.—Turner's Hall Wood.—The boiling Spring.—Harrison's Cave and the animal flower cave. ..."

12. The Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian Islands by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1913)
"... mainly valleys and ridges with very precipitous slopes. From Naalehu the country slopes very gradually. FLORAL ASPECTS OF KAU. LAVA FORMATION. ..."

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