from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being precipitant.
  • n. Action or thought marked by impulsiveness or rash haste.

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  • n. Suddenness; excessive haste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Precipitance; impatience to reach a conclusion or result; overhaste in inference or action.
  • n. Synonyms Rashness, temerity, hastiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning


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  • The precipitancy, which is the character of the play, is well marked in this short scene of waiting for Juliet's arrival.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • The position thus assigned to _inquiry_ is very significant of the theoretic precipitancy which is one of Dr. Dr.per's prominent characteristics.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • But, aiming to arm themselves with terrific and overwhelming strength, by invoking the cooperation of forces from the spiritual, invisible, and diabolical world, with rash "precipitancy," they hurried on the witchcraft prosecutions.

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Reply

  • The precipitancy, which is the character of the play, is well marked in this short scene of waiting for Juliet’s arrival.

    Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher

  • She paused, in sudden fear of completing the thought into which her birdlike precipitancy had betrayed her.

    Chapter XIV

  • In the precipitancy of feeling, you say, the lover fastens upon an unsuitable mate, and, with possession, love dies.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • If the Constitution “will bear the examination of the people, who are to be bound thereby, why is such precipitancy used?”


  • Members of the majority knew the precipitancy with which the Constitution had been “pressed upon the state,” he said.


  • The precipitancy of this declaration served merely to confirm the opinion she had already conceived of the weakness of his understanding: but the obstinacy of Mr Harrel irritated and distressed her, though weary of expostulating with so hopeless a subject, whom neither reason nor gratitude could turn from his own purposes, she was obliged to submit to his management, and was well content, in the present instance, to affirm his decree.


  • “Indeed,” said Cecilia, after some hesitation, “I cannot see the necessity of such violent precipitancy.”



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  • "For in his Natural History, the Baron himself affirms that at sight of the Sperm Whale, all fish (sharks included) are 'struck with the most lively terrors,' and 'often in the precipitancy of their flight dash themselves against the rocks with such violence as to cause instantaneous death.'"

    Moby-Dick, ch. 41

    June 15, 2009