Synonyms of 'precipitous'
1 sheerDictionary, high, steep
a steep, precipitous cliff
There was a sheer drop just outside my window.
I think it's a good buy overall, despite the high price.
a narrow, steep-sided valley
I escalated to the dizzy heights.
narrow valleys and abrupt hillsides
a narrow, exposed beach and perpendicular cliffs
2 hastyDictionary, sudden, hurried
the stock market's precipitous drop
usage note:Some people think the use of precipitous to mean `hasty' is incorrect, and that precipitate should be used instead.
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An abrupt change or action is very sudden, often in a way which is unpleasant.
His abrupt departure is bound to raise questions.
Thesaurus for precipitous from the Collins English Thesaurus
A precipitous slope or drop is very steep and often dangerous .