To precipitate a crisis.
The king was too precipitate in declaring war.
A precipitate case of disease.
An example of precipitate is jumping from a sinking ship without a life vest.
An example of precipitate is a car driving off a cliff.
An announcement that precipitated a political crisis.
Origin of precipitate
- Latin praecipitāre praecipitāt- to throw headlong from praeceps praecipit- headlong prae- pre- caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin praecipitatum
- From Latin praecipitatus