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Thursday, July 26, 2012

precipitancy

\pri-SIP-i-tuhn-see\ , noun;
1.
Headlong or rash haste.
2.
The quality or state of being precipitant.
3.
Precipitancies, hasty or rash acts.
Quotes:
There is one thing I think it my duty to caution you against: the precipitancy with which young men frequently rush into matrimonial engagements, and by their thoughtlessness draw many a deserving woman into scenes of poverty and distress.
-- Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple
The police authorities have acted in this matter with undue precipitancy.
-- Joseph Smith Fletcher, Green Ink and Other Stories
Origin:
Precipitancy comes from the Latin word praecipitāre meaning "to cast down headlong."
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