precipitous


pre·cip·i·tous

adjective \pri-ˈsi-pə-təs\

: very steep

: happening in a very quick and sudden way

: done too quickly and without enough thought or planning

Full Definition of PRECIPITOUS

1
:  precipitate 2
2
a :  very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall <a precipitous slope>
b :  having precipitous sides <a precipitous gorge>
c :  having a very steep ascent <a precipitous street>
pre·cip·i·tous·ly adverb
pre·cip·i·tous·ness noun

Examples of PRECIPITOUS

  1. There has been a precipitous decline in home sales recently.
  2. People were shocked by his precipitous fall from political power.

Origin of PRECIPITOUS

French précipiteux, from Middle French, from Latin precipitium precipice
First Known Use: 1646

Rhymes with PRECIPITOUS

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