/prɪˈsɪp ɪ təs/
of the nature of or characterized by
a precipitous wall of rock.
extremely or impassably steep:
precipitous mountain trails.
Can be confused
abrupt, sheer, perpendicular.
resembling a precipice or characterized by precipices
hasty or precipitate
usage The use of
is thought by some people to be incorrect
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The tops of the waves move faster than their bottoms do, which causes them to rise precipitously.
Even as electric vehicles gain traction with consumers, the price of solar panels is falling precipitously.
If the dollar devalues precipitously or inflation spikes, the purchasing power-or real value-of your savings will wither.
The magnitudes decline precipitously as you descend down the rank orders of the principle components.
Of course, my quality of life then dropped precipitously after shopping there a bit too frequently.
There are talented writers who grow into their full maturity and then decline, slowly or precipitously.
Hotel prices are typically high during winter and spring breaks but drop precipitously in the summer.
Opinion polls show public support for the government falling precipitously.
As overall capacity increases, however, prices transit providers can charge drop precipitously.
Markets were down in the aftermath of the filing, but not precipitously.
When oil prices dropped precipitously, the production costs of the major suppliers was much discussed.
Over the last decade it has disappeared much more precipitously than virtually all the models.
Epidemiologists have long cautioned against acting precipitously on unusual cases in making scientific policy.
But this time, actual revenues have fallen precipitously and property values have declined.
In each case the terrain drops precipitously from the dam to the powerhouse, while the tunnel and flume remain fairly level.