Definition of precipitous
- a precipitous slope
- a precipitous gorge
- a precipitous street
There has been a precipitous decline in home sales recently.
People were shocked by his precipitous fall from political power.
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First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
: very steep
: happening in a very quick and sudden way
: done too quickly and without enough thought or planning
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