Definitions for precipitousprɪˈsɪp ɪ təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•cip•i•tousprɪˈsɪp ɪ təs(adj.)

  1. of the nature of a precipice:

    a precipitous wall of rock.

  2. extremely steep:

    precipitous mountain trails.

  3. Ref: precipitate .

Origin of precipitous:

1640–50; < F précipiteux (now obs.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitant, precipitous(adj)

    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"

  2. abrupt, precipitous, sharp(adj)

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"


  1. precipitous(Adjective)

    Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.

  2. precipitous(Adjective)

    Headlong; as, precipitous fall.

  3. precipitous(Adjective)

    Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precipitous(adj)

    steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain

  2. Precipitous(adj)

    headlong; as, precipitous fall

  3. Precipitous(adj)

    hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts

Translations for precipitous

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very steep.

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