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pre·cip·i·tous

 (prĭ-sĭp′ĭ-təs)
adj.
1. Resembling a precipice; extremely steep. See Synonyms at steep1.
2. Having several precipices: a precipitous bluff.
3. Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate: a precipitous collapse in prices. See Usage Note at precipitate.

[Probably from obsolete precipitious, from Latin praecipitium, precipice; see precipice.]

pre·cip′i·tous·ly adv.
pre·cip′i·tous·ness n.

precipitous

(prɪˈsɪpɪtəs)
adj
1. (Physical Geography) resembling a precipice or characterized by precipices
2. very steep
3. hasty or precipitate
preˈcipitously adv
preˈcipitousness n
Usage: The use of precipitous to mean hasty is thought by some people to be incorrect

pre•cip•i•tous

(prɪˈsɪp ɪ təs)

adj.
1. of the nature of a precipice: a precipitous wall of rock.
2. extremely steep: precipitous mountain trails.
[1640–50; < French précipiteux (now obsolete)]
pre•cip′i•tous•ly, adv.
pre•cip′i•tous•ness, n.

precipitous

, precipitate - Precipitous, "hasty, sudden and dramatic," is used in relation to physical or natural objects; precipitate, "done with great haste," relates to human actions or processes.
See also related terms for hasty.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.precipitous - done with very great haste and without due deliberation; "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"
hurried - moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste; "a hurried trip to the store"; "the hurried life of a city"; "a hurried job"
2.precipitous - extremely steepprecipitous - extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
steep - having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs"

precipitous

adjective
1. sheer, high, steep, dizzy, abrupt, perpendicular, falling sharply a steep, precipitous cliff
2. hasty, sudden, hurried, precipitate, abrupt, harum-scarum the stock market's precipitous drop

precipitous

adjective
So sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular:
Translations
شَديد الإنْحِدار
strmý
stejl
òverhníptur
çok dikuçurumlu

precipitous

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəs] ADJ
1. (= steep) → escarpado, cortado a pico
2. (= hasty) → precipitado, apresurado

precipitous

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəs] adj
(= steep) [cliff] → abrupt(e), à pic
(= sudden) [rise, drop] → vertigineux/euse
(= hasty) [decision] → précipité(e)

precipitous

adj
(= steep)steil
(= hasty)überstürzt

precipitous

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəs] adj (slope, path) → a precipizio; (decision, action) → precipitoso/a

precipice

(ˈpresipis) noun
a steep cliff.
precipitous (priˈsipitəs) adjective
very steep.
References in classic literature ?
Straight before us, rose two enormous mountains, the like of which are not, I believe, to be seen in Africa, if indeed there are any other such in the world, measuring each of them at least fifteen thousand feet in height, standing not more than a dozen miles apart, linked together by a precipitous cliff of rock, and towering in awful white solemnity straight into the sky.
Any one possessing a mile or two of secluded seaboard, cut off on the land side by precipitous approaches, and including a sheltered river mouth ingeniously hidden by nature, in the form of a jutting wall of rock, from the sea, might have made as good use of these natural opportunities as the nobleman in question, had they only been as wise and as rich.
The luxuriant vegetation of the lower part could not yet be seen, and as the clouds rolled past, the wildest and most precipitous peaks showed themselves towards the centre of the island.
Easily could Borckman lift him down the precipitous ladder, which was to him, unaided, a taboo, the violation of which was pregnant with disaster.
If ever my wrath hath burst graves, shifted landmarks, or rolled old shattered tables into precipitous depths:
Advancing cautiously he crawled toward the opposite end imbued with a full realization of what it would mean if Numa should suddenly enter the tunnel in front of him; but Numa did not appear and the ape-man emerged at length into the open and stood erect, finding himself in a rocky cleft whose precipitous walls rose almost sheer on every hand, the tunnel from the gorge passing through the cliff and forming a passageway from the outer world into a large pocket or gulch entirely enclosed by steep walls of rock.
Country in which there are precipitous cliffs with torrents running between, deep natural hollows, confined places, tangled thickets, quagmires and crevasses, should be left with all possible speed and not approached.
Leaning very much against the precipitous incline of the deck, he would take a turn or two, perfectly silent, hang on by the compass for a while, take another couple of turns, and suddenly burst out:
He did not know how wide a country, arid and precipitous, must be crossed before the traveller through life comes to an acceptance of reality.
The latter were precipitous, especially on the side of the plain, and chiefly in forest.
I found a shallow reef running far out into the sea and rather precipitous cliffs running almost to the surf.
Occasionally the monotony of this vast wilderness is interrupted by mountainous belts of sand and limestone, broken into confused masses; with precipitous cliffs and yawning ravines, looking like the ruins of a world; or is traversed by lofty and barren ridges of rock, almost impassable, like those denominated the Black Hills.