verb (used with object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), pre·cip·i·tat·ed, pre·cip·i·tat·ing.
Origin of precipitate
Synonyms for precipitate
Antonyms for precipitate
Related Words for precipitatelyswiftly, fast, speedily, immediately, promptly, briskly, expeditiously, vigorously, eagerly, hastily, frantically, earnestly, compellingly, suddenly, nimbly, quickly, prematurely, carelessly, hurriedly, headlong
Examples from the Web for precipitately
Historical Examples of precipitately
When coming to a decision, his Majesty never does so precipitately.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
This was what the Indian's keen eyes had been watching, and why he had so precipitately fled.A Waif of the Plains
After this, a peremptory summons from the bell dismissed us precipitately to bed.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
With her shrill voice yet pursuing me, I precipitately left the house.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
"Yes," Miss Suffern gasped, precipitately refilling her cup.Autres Temps...
Word Origin for precipitate
"to hurl or fling down," 1520s, a back formation from precipitation or else from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong," from praeceps "steep, headlong, headfirst" (see precipice). Meaning "to cause to happen, hurry the beginning of" is recorded from 1620s. Chemical sense is from 1620s; meteorological sense first attested 1863. Related: Precipitated; precipitating.
c.1600, from Latin praecipitatus, past participle of praecipitare "to throw or dive headlong" (see precipitate (v.)). Meaning "hasty" is attested from 1650s. Related: Precipitately.
1560s, probably a back formation from precipitation.