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[pri-sip-i-tuh n-see] /prɪˈsɪp ɪ tən si/
noun, plural precipitancies.
the quality or state of being precipitant.
headlong or rash haste.
precipitancies, hasty or rash acts.
Also, precipitance.
Origin of precipitancy
First recorded in 1610-20; precipit(ant) + -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The third thing proper to man by his constitution, is, to avoid all rashness and precipitancy; and not to be subject to error.

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

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • The hand was withdrawn, evidently with some distressing consciousness of its precipitancy.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • I have curbed and repressed myself not to scare you by precipitancy.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Soon there were violent quarrels, and Falkenried recognized, too late, what his precipitancy had done for him.

    The Northern Light E. Werner
  • There was an air of undue haste—a precipitancy and rush not all reassuring.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • Garnache waited, wishing to risk nothing by precipitancy, and watched for his opportunity.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Her precipitancy at their last meeting had seemed, on reflection, unfortunate.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • She may have lent colour to the charge by her own precipitancy in denying it.

  • Job, in his first precipitancy, had desired to reason with him on his government.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude

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