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
The king warned that a precipitous move would touch off a possibly violent backlash among Arabs, all but quashing hopes of bringing the two sides together.
But hardware chipped in this quarter as well, growing 4 percent over the year-ago quarter to $8.7 billion and reversing the precipitous 13 percent decline that marred second-quarter earnings.
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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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