A Word A Day : Precipitate
( Verb )Precipitate
Word of 7th July 2007: A Word A Day-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
(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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