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precipitant

[ pri-sip-i-tuhnt ]

adjective

  1. falling headlong.
  2. rushing headlong, rapidly, or hastily onward.
  3. hasty; rash.
  4. unduly sudden or abrupt.


noun

  1. Chemistry. anything that causes precipitation.

precipitant

/ prɪˈsɪpɪtənt /

adjective

  1. hasty or impulsive; rash
  2. rushing or falling rapidly or without heed
  3. abrupt or sudden


noun

  1. chem a substance or agent that causes a precipitate to form
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Derived Forms

  • preˈcipitance, noun
  • preˈcipitantly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pre·cipi·tant·ly adverb
  • unpre·cipi·tant adjective
  • unpre·cipi·tant·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of precipitant1

1600–10; < Latin praecipitant- (stem of praecipitāns ), present participle of praecipitāre to cast down headlong. See precipitate, -ant
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Example Sentences

However, the appearance of the new arrival greatly modified the unfavorable impression produced by his precipitant action.

Given such a precipitant, the process of recovering the gold would be simple and cheap.

Boadicea was at their head,—a woman of masculine spirit, but precipitant, and without any military knowledge.

Certina Charley, plus an indeterminate quantity of alcohol, had acted upon Hal's mind as a chemical precipitant.

In other respects, however, it does not seem to be any more efficient as a precipitant.

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