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precipitate

adjective

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precipitate

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of precipitate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause
  • the exodus from the cities was an unexpected precipitate of the automobile, which effectively shrank distances

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2 matter that settles to the bottom of a body of liquid
  • the chemist filtered out the precipitate from the solution

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precipitate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of precipitate (Entry 3 of 3)

to fall as water in a continuous stream of drops from the clouds
  • the air mass was dry, as much of the moisture had precipitated out on the other side of the mountains

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How does the adjective precipitate contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of precipitate are abrupt, headlong, impetuous, and sudden. While all these words mean "showing undue haste or unexpectedness," precipitate stresses lack of due deliberation and implies prematureness of action.

the army's precipitate withdrawal

When is it sensible to use abrupt instead of precipitate?

Although the words abrupt and precipitate have much in common, abrupt stresses curtness and a lack of warning or ceremony.

an abrupt refusal

When is headlong a more appropriate choice than precipitate?

While the synonyms headlong and precipitate are close in meaning, headlong stresses rashness and lack of forethought.

a headlong flight from arrest

When would impetuous be a good substitute for precipitate?

The words impetuous and precipitate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, impetuous stresses extreme impatience or impulsiveness.

an impetuous lover proposing marriage

When can sudden be used instead of precipitate?

The meanings of sudden and precipitate largely overlap; however, sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action.

flew into a sudden rage

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The first known use of precipitate was in 1528

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“Precipitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/precipitate. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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