from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling a precipice; extremely steep. synonym: steep.
  • adjective Having several precipices.
  • adjective Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Headlong; descending rapidly, or rushing onward.
  • Steep; like a precipice; consisting of precipices: as, precipitous cliffs.
  • Hasty; rash; precipitate.
  • Hastily appearing or passing; sudden.
  • Synonyms and See. precipitate, a.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Steep, like a precipice.
  • adjective Headlong.
  • adjective Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.
  • adjective Headlong; as, precipitous fall.
  • adjective Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective done with very great haste and without due deliberation
  • adjective extremely steep


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from obsolete precipitious, from Latin praecipitium, precipice; see precipice.]


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