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  • adv. abruptly; in a precipitous manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a precipitous manner; with sudden descent; in violent haste.
  • Hastily; with precipitation; precipitately.

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

  • adv. very suddenly and to a great degree
  • adv. abruptly; in a precipitous manner


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  • F Neal Pitt, the second-leading rebounder in the MEAC last season, missed seven games due to injury and saw his numbers (7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds) decline precipitously from the 16 points and 8.1 rebounds he averaged last season.

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  • Anything that causes stock prices to fall precipitously is going to be perceived as a failure by a pretty big swath of the middle and upper middle classes.

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  • So we have tried to do sort of a stress test, if you will, on all of these investments, to make sure that even if they fall fairly precipitously, that is market prices, that these still make sense.

  • We are owed a substantial seven-figure sum by various advertisers and business partners, but as with everyone else in media, payments to us have slowed precipitously, which is turn has crippled our ability to pay our bills on time.


  • Midmonth, Health GAP, an independent activist organization, reported that antiretroviral-treatment programs at the JCRC and other clinics in Uganda were being "precipitously" transferred to government hospitals, which did not have the drugs to handle them.

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  • But let's all pretend we did (or will soon enough, though certainly never "precipitously," so leave us alone).

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  • To those who say we cannot withdraw "precipitously," there is nothing precipitous about pulling out after four years of occupying another country against its will.

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  • And, now that we're already there, that it would not be a good idea to leave "precipitously"

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  • I don't know what "precipitously" means, but it's a word that always seems to come after "decline."

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  • UPS said last month that next-day volumes fell "precipitously" in September, and forecast that fourth-quarter volume in the U.S. would be down 4% year-on-year as many business clients continued shifting from air shipping to lower-cost ground service.

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