precipitous

  • 1 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 precipitous — UK US /prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/ adjective ► if a reduction is precipitous, it happens very suddenly and is very big: a precipitous decline/drop/fall »The company has seen a precipitous decline in advertising revenue. ► done too quickly without thinking… …

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  • 3 precipitous — index impulsive (rash), precipitate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 precipitous — (adj.) 1640s, rash, headlong, from obsolete Fr. precipiteux (16c.), from V.L. *praecipitosus, from praecipitare (see PRECIPITATION (Cf. precipitation)). Related: Precipitously. Precipitate (adj.) hasty is attested from 1650s …

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  • 5 precipitous — *steep, abrupt, sheer Analogous words: soaring, towering, rocketing, ascending, rising (see RISE) …

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  • 6 precipitous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) dangerously high or steep. 2) (of a change in a condition or situation) sudden and dramatic. 3) hasty; precipitate. DERIVATIVES precipitously adverb …

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  • 7 precipitous — [prē sip′ə təs, prisip′ə təs] adj. [MFr precipiteux < LL * precipitosus < L praeceps: see PRECIPICE] 1. steep like a precipice; sheer 2. having precipices 3. PRECIPITATE SYN. STEEP1 precipitously adv. precipitousne …

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  • 8 precipitous — [[t]prɪsɪ̱pɪtəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A precipitous slope or drop is very steep and often dangerous. The town is perched on the edge of a steep, precipitous cliff. Derived words: precipitously ADV GRADED usu ADV after v, also ADV adj The… …

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  • 9 precipitous — precipitate, precipitous 1. The two words overlap in meaning and were used interchangeably from the 17c to the 19c. Precipitous has a physical meaning ‘sheer like a precipice’: • There was a precipitous wooden stair to the ground floor A. Craig,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 precipitous — adjective Etymology: French précipiteux, from Middle French, from Latin precipitium precipice Date: 1646 1. precipitate 2 2. a. very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall < a precipitous slope > b. having precipitous sides < a… …

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  • 11 precipitous — adjective a) Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain. ...humans have been responsible for a precipitous decline of elephants, from perhaps 300,000 in the early 1970s to some 10,000 today. b) Headlong; as, precipitous fall …

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  • 12 precipitous — pre|cip|i|tous [prıˈsıpıtəs] adj 1.) very sudden ▪ a precipitous decline in stock prices 2.) dangerously high or steep ▪ a precipitous path 3.) formal happening or done too quickly, and not thought about carefully ▪ a precipitous marriage… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 precipitous — adjective 1) a precipitous drop Syn: steep, sheer, perpendicular, abrupt, sharp, vertical 2) his fall from power was precipitous Syn: sudden, rapid, swift, abrupt, headlong, speedy …

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  • 14 precipitous — precipitously, adv. precipitousness, n. /pri sip i teuhs/, adj. 1. of the nature of or characterized by precipices: a precipitous wall of rock. 2. extremely or impassably steep: precipitous mountain trails. 3. precipitate. [1640 50; < obs. F… …

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  • 15 precipitous — pre|cip|i|tous [ prı sıpıtəs ] adjective 1. ) very high and steep: the precipitous hillside 2. ) happening more quickly than expected: a precipitous decline in population a ) done too quickly and without enough thought ╾ pre|cip|i|tous|ly adverb …

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  • 16 precipitous — adjective 1) a precipitous drop Syn: steep, sheer, perpendicular, abrupt, sharp, vertical 2) his precipitous fall from power Syn: sudden, rapid, swift, abrupt, headlong …

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  • 17 precipitous — UK [prɪˈsɪpɪtəs] / US adjective 1) very high and steep the precipitous staircase 2) a) happening more quickly than expected a precipitous decline in population b) done too quickly and without enough thought Derived word: precipitously adverb …

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  • 18 precipitous — pre•cip•i•tous [[t]prɪˈsɪp ɪ təs[/t]] adj. 1) of the nature of a precipice: a precipitous wall of rock[/ex] 2) extremely steep: precipitous mountain trails[/ex] 3) precipitate • Etymology: 1640–50; < F précipiteux (now obs.) pre•cip′i•tous•ly …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 precipitous — /prəˈsɪpətəs / (say pruh sipuhtuhs) adjective 1. of the nature of a precipice, or characterised by precipices: a precipitous wall of rock. 2. extremely or impassably steep. 3. hasty; rash. {obsolete precipitious, from Latin praecipitium precipice …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 precipitous — precipitate [v] hurry, speed accelerate, advance, bring on, cast, discharge, dispatch, expedite, fling, further, hasten, hurl, launch, let fly, press, push forward, quicken, send forth, speed up, throw, trigger; concepts 152,242,704 Ant. check,… …

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