Precipitous meaning

prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-təs
The definition of precipitous is something very steep.

An example of precipitous is a cliff that requires climbing gear to get to the top.

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Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

A precipitous collapse in prices.

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Resembling a precipice; extremely steep.
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Having several precipices.

A precipitous bluff.

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Steep like a precipice; sheer.
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Having precipices.
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Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.
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Headlong; as, precipitous fall.
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Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.
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Origin of precipitous

  • Probably from obsolete precipitious from Latin praecipitium precipice precipice
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition