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[ verb pri-sip-i-teyt; adjective noun pri-sip-i-tit, -teyt ]

verb (used with object)

, pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
  1. to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly:

    to precipitate an international crisis.

    Synonyms: accelerate

    Antonyms: retard

  2. to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.
  3. to cast, plunge, or send, especially violently or abruptly:

    He precipitated himself into the struggle.

  4. Chemistry. to separate (a substance) in solid form from a solution, as by means of a reagent.

    Synonyms: crystallize

verb (used without object)

, pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
  1. Meteorology. to fall to the earth's surface as a condensed form of water; to rain, snow, hail, drizzle, etc.
  2. to separate from a solution as a precipitate.
  3. to be cast or thrown down headlong.


  1. a precipitate fall down the stairs.

  2. rushing headlong or rapidly onward.
  3. proceeding rapidly or with great haste:

    a precipitate retreat.

  4. exceedingly sudden or abrupt:

    a precipitate stop; a precipitate decision.

  5. done or made without sufficient deliberation; overhasty; rash:

    a precipitate marriage.

    Synonyms: impetuous, reckless

    Antonyms: careful


  1. Chemistry. a substance precipitated from a solution.
  2. moisture condensed in the form of rain, snow, etc.



  1. tr to cause to happen too soon or sooner than expected; bring on
  2. to throw or fall from or as from a height
  3. to cause (moisture) to condense and fall as snow, rain, etc, or (of moisture, rain, etc) to condense and fall thus
  4. chem to undergo or cause to undergo a process in which a dissolved substance separates from solution as a fine suspension of solid particles


  1. rushing ahead
  2. done rashly or with undue haste
  3. sudden and brief


  1. chem a precipitated solid in its suspended form or after settling or filtering



  1. To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
  2. To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.


  1. A solid material precipitated from a solution.


  1. In chemistry , a solid material that is formed in a solution by chemical reactions and settles to the bottom of the container in which the reaction takes place. A precipitate may also be a substance removed from another by an artificial filter.

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Derived Forms

  • preˈcipiˌtator, noun
  • preˈcipitable, adjective
  • preˈcipitative, adjective
  • preˈcipitately, adverb
  • preˌcipitaˈbility, noun
  • preˈcipitateness, noun

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Other Words From

  • pre·cip·i·tate·ly adverb
  • pre·cip·i·tate·ness noun
  • pre·cip·i·ta·tive adjective
  • pre·cip·i·ta·tor noun
  • non·pre·cip·i·ta·tive adjective
  • un·pre·cip·i·tate adjective
  • un·pre·cip·i·tate·ly adverb
  • un·pre·cip·i·tate·ness noun
  • un·pre·cip·i·ta·tive adjective
  • un·pre·cip·i·ta·tive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of precipitate1

First recorded in 1520–30; the verb and adjective derive from Latin praecipitātus (past participle of praecipitāre “to cast down headlong”), equivalent to praecipit- (stem of praeceps “steep”; precipice ) + -ātus past participle suffix ( -ate 1 ); the noun comes from New Latin praecipitātum “a precipitate,” noun use of neuter of praecipitātus

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Word History and Origins

Origin of precipitate1

C16: from Latin praecipitāre to throw down headlong, from praeceps headlong, steep, from prae before, in front + caput head

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Example Sentences

Social media has precipitated new types of totemism — the work of what being a fan means has been questioned, particularly after a death.

Some changes were precipitated by what happened in 2016, while others were driven by the challenges facing the polling industry, such as low response rates to phone calls and the greater cost of high-quality polling.

As I learned about the attack on Beirut, and the Hezbollah-led border raid that precipitated it, my stomach turned.

The China debacle directly “precipitated” the current project, says Kay Davies, a geneticist at Oxford University and co-chair of the new panel.

As the water cools, then, the sugar slowly precipitates out — becoming solid again.

The Saur (April) Revolution would precipitate an Afghan conflict that continues to this day.

Unlike some of her peers, she is not motivated by an ideological zeal to precipitate Israel's destruction.

Continued temporizing could destroy the euro and precipitate another financial catastrophe.

If you have, then you probably also know that some worry that such a move would precipitate a constitutional crisis.

More importantly even than that, the mere idea of war with Syria—of anything that could remotely precipitate war—is madness.

Results are in terms of bulk of precipitate, which must not be confused with percentage by weight.

She felt that her summary was precipitate, and drawing herself up defiantly looked hard at Mrs. Leslie.

Strong gold & heavy precipitate in test, silver test poor but on filtering showed like white of egg in tube (unusual).

Some slight injury in the abdomen, as from a blow or a kick, may precipitate an attack in predisposed individuals.

I would leave no room for the torturing thought that had I been less precipitate she would have been more kindly.


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