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  • adv. In a precipitate manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a precipitate manner; headlong; hastily; rashly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a precipitate manner; with sudden descent; headlong; hastily; without due deliberation; with a sudden subsiding motion.

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  • adv. at breakneck speed


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precipitate +‎ -ly


  • The Earl, invigorated with hope and joy, had by the force of his arm, almost wrenched from its fastening, one of the iron bars of the grate; his foot was lifted to the stanchion, ready to aid him in escaping through the opening, when he was seized by the guards of the Baron, and conveyed precipitately from the prison.

    The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne: A Highland Story

  • Austrian minister, is recalled precipitately, with orders not to take leave. our papers joined Pucci (796) with him in this recall, but I do not find with any foundation.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 2

  • The king's sons precipitately kick feet; Donalbain never returns to a stage, we notice

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • The dog-musher let go of him precipitately, with action similar to that of a man who has picked up live fire.

    The Love-Master

  • Then he whirled about to prevent attack from behind, and all those in that quarter fled precipitately.

    In Yeddo Bay

  • Madeline was never in evidence, having precipitately fled to the inner room.

    The Wife of a King

  • He was always keyed up, alert for attack, wary of being attacked, with an eye for sudden and unexpected missiles, prepared to act precipitately and coolly, to leap in with a flash of teeth, or to leap away with a menacing snarl.

    The Outcast

  • The Jouberts have been instrumental in establishing the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, designed as an emergency action fund to drive attention to the big cats and develop real solutions to stop the decline that has seen lion numbers precipitately drop in the past 50 years.

    Jay Weston: Thrilling Docudrama The Last Lions Opens in LA

  • He would have started precipitately down the bank had not Jacob Welse caught his arm.

    CHAPTER 23

  • A twisted and wizened complex of apish features, perforated by upturned, sky-open, Mongolian nostrils, by a mouth that sagged from a huge upper-lip and faded precipitately into a retreating chin, by peering querulous eyes that blinked as blink the eyes of denizens of monkey-cages.



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  • He talked precipitately, and I did not try to stop him. --Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

    March 9, 2011