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Multiple Meanings
precipitous

He followed Hollis’s pink truck down a newly paved side street that sloped up precipitously, causing the Hearse’s worn-out engine to rev for its very life.
John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
done with very great haste and without due deliberation

or:

very steep

More rarely, precipitous may mean characterized by precipices (steep cliffs); or extremely steep.
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