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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.]
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|Noun||1.||precipitousness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steep|
|2.||precipitousness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning|
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