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PRECIPITOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precipitous mean? 

PRECIPITOUS (adjective)
  The adjective PRECIPITOUS has 3 senses:

1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation
2. characterized by precipices
3. extremely steep

  Familiarity information: PRECIPITOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECIPITOUS (adjective)


Sense 1precipitous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Done with very great haste and without due deliberation

Synonyms:

overhasty; precipitant; precipitate; precipitous; hasty

Context examples:

hasty marriage seldom proveth well / hasty makeshifts take the place of planning / rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion / wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king

Similar:

hurried (moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste)


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Meaning:

Characterized by precipices

Context example:

a precipitous bluff

Similar:

clifflike; cliffy ((of a shore or shoreline) characterized by steep cliffs or precipices)


Sense 3precipitous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely steep

Synonyms:

abrupt; precipitous; sharp

Context examples:

an abrupt canyon / the precipitous rapids of the upper river / the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings / a sharp drop

Similar:

steep (having a sharp inclination)


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