Definition of precipitous
1 : precipitate 2
2a : very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall a precipitous slopeb : having precipitous sides a precipitous gorgec : having a very steep ascent a precipitous street
Examples of precipitous in a Sentence
There has been a precipitous decline in home sales recently.
People were shocked by his precipitous fall from political power.
Recent Examples of precipitous from the Web
Overhunting in the 1990s by the region's indigenous residents — who have the right to harvest marine mammals under federal law — is believed to have been the catalyst for the precipitous decline.
The law helped Californians such as former Marine Tom House, who experienced a precipitous decline in his health as a result of heart disease, colon cancer and failing eyesight.
Those precipitous drops are a reaction to both Donald Trump’s character and his policy goals.
The quirky, ukulele-wielding singer-songwriter won praise from Simon Cowell, who deemed her the next Taylor Swift — a compliment that set quite a precipitous standard.
Faced with a precipitous drop in summer steelhead, Oregon and Washington will sharply reduce summer and fall steelhead bag limits when the sport-fishing season reopens Friday on the Columbia River.
Slides and the crushing weight of the snowpack damaged guardrails in some places that serve as the lone barrier between the road and a precipitous drop that plunges hundreds of feet east of the park entrance.
The Florida Panthers’ fall from grace last season was precipitous, yet new coach Bob Boughner expressed confidence in a quick turnaround.
The cuts led to a precipitous drop in consumer spending, and citizens had started grumbling.
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Origin and Etymology of precipitous
French précipiteux, from Middle French, from Latin precipitium precipice
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of precipitous
PRECIPITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precipitous for English Language Learners
: very steep
: happening in a very quick and sudden way
: done too quickly and without enough thought or planning
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