1610s, now obsolete, but prefered by purists for the sense "high and steep" over the later formation precipitous.

Nearby words

  1. precipitation,
  2. precipitation hardening,
  3. precipitin,
  4. precipitin test,
  5. precipitinogen,
  6. precipitous,
  7. precis,
  8. precise,
  9. precisely,
  10. preciseness

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for precipitious

  • The hotel stood on a romantic elevation, a precipitious bluff, and commanded a magnificent view of the river and valley.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest|William Henry Carman Folsom
  • But, spurred by fears for his friend, he started downward for the precipitious trail leading directly towards it.