- The definition of precipitous is something very steep.
An example of precipitous is a cliff that requires climbing gear to get to the top.
precipitous definition by Webster's New World
- steep like a precipice; sheer
- having precipices
Origin: Middle French precipiteux ; from Late Latin an unverified form precipitosus ; from Classical Latin praeceps: see precipice
precipitous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Resembling a precipice; extremely steep. See Synonyms at steep1.
- Having several precipices: a precipitous bluff.
- Usage Problem Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate: “The change has included a precipitous collapse of Communist authority” (New York Times). See Usage Note at precipitate.
Origin: Probably from obsolete precipitious, from Latin praecipitium, precipice; see precipice.
- pre·cipˈi·tous·ly adverb
- pre·cipˈi·tous·ness noun