Precipitous Pre*cip"i*tous, a. [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See {Precipice}.] 1. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain. [1913 Webster]

2. Headlong; as, precipitous fall. [1913 Webster]

3. Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts. --Sir T. Browne. ``Marian's low, precipitous `Hush!''' --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] -- {Pre*cip"i*tous*ly}, adv. -- {Pre*cip"i*tous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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