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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of precipitous
French précipiteux, from Middle French, from Latin precipitium precipice
First Known Use: 1646
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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