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precipitate — adj as in:  a precipitate decision

I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
precipitate — verb, as in:  action will precipitate

The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
make something happen abruptly (suddenly)

In chemistry, the verb form denotes separating solids from a solution; while the noun form references the solid particles in such a solution. It is from this sense that meteorologists refer to rain or snow as precipitation.

In classic literature, the word is sometimes used as a verb to indicated falling from a high spot such as "a false step could precipitate them down off the cliff," or throwing as in "If they attempt to precipitate themselves upon him...".
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