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abruptly

[ uh-bruhpt-lee ]
/ əˈbrʌpt li /
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adverb

without warning; suddenly or unexpectedly: Not noticing that the car in front of him had stopped abruptly, he rear-ended it.
in few words and without using any polite formulas; brusquely: My 14-year-old son was calling; as soon as I picked up, he asked abruptly, “How long till you get home?”
steeply; sharply: At one end, the meadow flowed into a large valley; at the other, it dropped off abruptly in a cliff.

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OTHER WORDS FROM abruptly

un·ab·rupt·ly, adverb
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