Pre*cip"i*tous (?), a. [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See Precipice.]

1.

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

2.

Headlong; as, precipitous fall.

3.

Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts. Sir T. Browne.

"Marian's low, precipitous 'Hush!'"

Mrs. Browning.

-- Pre*cip"i*tous*ly, adv. -- Pre*cip"i*tous*ness, n.

 

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