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precipitancy

[pri-sip-i-tuh n-see] /prɪˈsɪp ɪ tən si/
noun, plural precipitancies.
1.
the quality or state of being precipitant.
2.
headlong or rash haste.
3.
precipitancies, hasty or rash acts.
Also, precipitance.
Origin of precipitancy
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20; precipit(ant) + -ancy
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  • But I soon began to regret my precipitancy in leaving her so soon.

  • She may have lent colour to the charge by her own precipitancy in denying it.

  • I have curbed and repressed myself not to scare you by precipitancy.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • There was an air of undue haste—a precipitancy and rush not all reassuring.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • Her precipitancy at their last meeting had seemed, on reflection, unfortunate.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Job, in his first precipitancy, had desired to reason with him on his government.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • I immediately concluded, from the precipitancy of his flight, that the pipe was injured.

  • It was near the stone where he had met Milly, and had given way to precipitancy.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • This precipitancy seemed unpleasantly like haste to be rid of him.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Bitterly and breathlessly did he curse his own precipitancy.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr

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