A Word A Day : Precipitate

Word of 7th July 2007: A Word A Day-Precipitate


( Verb )

Precipitate (pri SIP i TATE): to cause to happen abruptly

• A panic among investors precipitated last Monday's crisis in the stock market.

• The police were afraid that distributing machine guns to the angry protestors might precipitate a riot.

Precipitate (pre SIP i tit) can also be an adjective, meaning unwisely hasty or rash. A precipitate decision is one made without enough thought beforehand.

• The guidance counselor, we thought, was precipitate when he had the tenth grader committed to a mental hospital for saying that homework was boring.

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