precipitous UK US /prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/ adjective
if a reduction is precipitous, it happens very suddenly and is very big: a precipitous decline/drop/fall »

The company has seen a precipitous decline in advertising revenue.

done too quickly without thinking enough about any possible problems: »

a precipitous decision

precipitously adverb

Manufacturing has fallen precipitously.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • precipitously — adverb 1. very suddenly and to a great degree conditions that precipitously increase the birthrate prices rose sharply • Syn: ↑sharply 2. abruptly; in a precipitous manner the mountains rose precipitously from the shore • Derived from adjective:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • precipitously — adv. Precipitously is used with these verbs: ↑drop …   Collocations dictionary

  • precipitously — precipitous ► ADJECTIVE 1) dangerously high or steep. 2) (of a change in a condition or situation) sudden and dramatic. 3) hasty; precipitate. DERIVATIVES precipitously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Precipitously — Precipitous Pre*cip i*tous, a. [L. praeceps, cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See {Precipice}.] 1. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain. [1913 Webster] 2. Headlong; as, precipitous fall. [1913 Webster] 3. Hasty; rash; quick;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precipitously — adverb see precipitous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • precipitously — See precipitous. * * * …   Universalium

  • precipitously — adverb abruptly; in a precipitous manner …   Wiktionary

  • precipitously — prɪ sɪpɪtÉ™slɪ adv. steeply, with a high gradient of inclination, almost vertically, sheerly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • precipitously — pre·cip·i·tous·ly …   English syllables

  • precipitously — See: precipitous …   English dictionary

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