precipitate vs precipitous : Common Errors in English

About precipitate vs precipitous

Both of these adjectives are based on the image of plunging over the brink of a precipice, but “precipitate” emphasizes the suddenness of the plunge, “precipitous,” the steepness of it. If you make a “precipitate” decision, you are making a hasty and probably unwise one. If the stock market declines “precipitously,” it goes down sharply.

precipitate Meaning(s)

  • (n) a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering
  • (v) bring about abruptly
  • (v) separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
  • (v) fall from clouds
  • (v) fall vertically, sharply, or headlong
  • (v) hurl or throw violently
  • (s) done with very great haste and without due deliberation

precipitous Meaning(s)

  • (s) done with very great haste and without due deliberation
  • (s) extremely steep

precipitate in News

  1. How The US May Use Military Force In Syria

    For the last two years, the bloody conflict in Syria has careened toward a tipping point. Ladies and Gentlemen, we may be there. President Obama said last year that if Syrian president Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons, it would be a “red line” that would precipitate direct U.S. intervention in the conflict.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Business Insider

  2. Precipitate Advances to Final Stages of Concession Application Process in Dominican Republic; Next Phase Exploration ...

    Precipitate Gold Corp. is pleased to announce it has advanced to an important stage in the process to attain its concession grant for the Juan de Herrera concession application in the Tireo belt of the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

precipitous in News

  1. Is PRISM Precipitating A Bitcoin Sell-Off?

    Bitcoin has experienced a fairly massive drop in value over the weekend and into this week, moving from a peak of $118 on June 7 to a low of $89 on June 9. While precipitous drops and dizzying highs aren't unusual for the cryptocurrency, BTC watchers are pointing to the PRISM and NSA leaks as a cause for this weekend's massive dip.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: TechCrunch

  2. How Apple Inadvertently Boosted YouTube for Google in a Big Way

    Even as Apple has been distancing itself from Google in several ways, cutting YouTube out has been great for Google. The search giant has seen a precipitous rise in mobile video ads.        
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

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