precipitousness


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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:
Noun1.precipitousness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steepprecipitousness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
gradient, slope - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
2.precipitousness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warningprecipitousness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning
haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, precipitation - overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
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Huashan, through which the visitors could gain a real sense of the sheer precipitousness of its cliffs and its ruggedness, the serene Taoist temples, the misty clouds and beautiful landscape of the mountain.
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