1. [ adjective ] characterized by precipices

"a precipitous bluff"

Related terms: cliffy
2. [ adjective ] done with very great haste and without due deliberation
Synonyms: overhasty precipitate precipitant hasty

"hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"

Related terms: hurried
3. [ adjective ] extremely steep
Synonyms: sharp abrupt

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

Related terms: steep
Similar spelling:   precipitously