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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.precipitously - very suddenly and to a great degree; "conditions that precipitously increase the birthrate"; "prices rose sharply"
2.precipitously - abruptly; in a precipitous manner; "the mountains rose precipitously from the shore"
Translations

precipitously

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəslɪ] ADV
1. (= steeply) the road fell away precipitouslyla carretera descendía vertiginosamente
prices have dropped precipitouslylos precios han caído vertiginosamente
2. (= hastily) → precipitadamente, apresuradamente

precipitously

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəsli] adv
(= steeply) → à pic
(= suddenly) [fall] → vertigineusement
(= quickly) → à la hâte

precipitously

adv
(= steeply)steil; to fall away precipitously (ground etc) → senkrecht or jäh abfallen
(= hastily)überstürzt

precipitously

[prɪˈsɪpɪtəslɪ] advprecipitosamente
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