What does precipitous mean?

Definitions for precipitousprɪˈsɪp ɪ təs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precipitous.

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

  4. Origin: [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See Precipice.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andre Bakhos:

    A relief rally would be expected at some point during the recent precipitous fall.

  2. Chris Jarvis:

    Clearly the precipitous drop in oil prices has hit capital expenditures for new drilling in the U.S..

  3. Bharavi:

    The friendship of the bad is like the shade of some precipitous bank with crumbling sides, which, falling, buries him who is beneath.

  4. Billionaire Carl Icahn:

    This year's results were obviously disappointing, with the precipitous decline in oil prices impacting the profitability of many of our segments.

  5. Jeremy Sussman:

    BHP's announcement to cut the rig count by 10 down to 16 is roughly in line with general expectations given the precipitous fall in oil and natgas prices as well.

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