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pri si pi tayt

  • n  a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering
  • v  bring about abruptly
    The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution
  • v  separate as a fine suspension of solid particles
  • v  fall from clouds
    Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum
  • v  fall vertically, sharply, or headlong
    Our economy precipitated into complete ruin
  • v  hurl or throw violently
    The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below
  • s  done with very great haste and without due deliberation
    wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king

  • The freeing of the prisoners in exchange of the journalist was a precipitate action and was fraught with dangers.
  • ON NONVIOLENCE (From Birmingham jail, 1963): "In your statement, you asserted that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence.
  • The dumping of millions of shares of stock on the already shaky Italian market would precipitate a financial crisis and bring down the Italian government.
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  • Joaquin Almunia in Wall Street Journal
    Although the commission has been known for its high cartel fines, it was willing to reduce the amounts in this case "as the objective of anti-cartel enforcement is not to precipitate the fall of companies in financial difficulties," said...
  • Stephane Dion in FOXNews
    I don't see enough in this budget that would justify that we precipitate an election that Canadians do not want,Dion said.
  • Adm William Fallon in Guardian Unlimited
    This kind of behavior, if it happens in the future, is the kind of event that could precipitate a mistake,Fallon told The Associated Press. "If the boats come closer, at what point does the captain think it is a direct threat to the ship...

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