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precipitate -- adj as in: a precipitate decision
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adj as in: a precipitate decision Define
acting with great haste -- often without adequate thought
  • I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
  • a precipitate rather than a well-reasoned decision
  • I am very sensible, madam, of the hardship to my fair cousins, and could say much on the subject, but that I am cautious of appearing forward and precipitate.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • At that Mr. Heelas fled precipitately upstairs, and the rest of the chase is beyond his purview.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Seeing the throng, Marija abandoned precipitately the debate concerning the ancestors of her coachman, and, springing from the moving carriage, plunged in and proceeded to clear a way to the hall.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was not prone to rashness and precipitate action;
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • The aircar flung itself through the air at R17 and above, deposited them next to the Heart of Gold which stood starkly on the frozen ground like a bleached bone, and then precipitately hurled itself back in the direction whence they had come, presumably on important business of its own.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He talked precipitately, and I did not try to stop him.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The monkey had come out on Jack’s shoulder, but no sooner did it catch sight of the jackal, than it fled precipitately back into the tent, and hid itself in a heap of moss until nothing was visible but the tip of its little nose.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson

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  • He was always keyed up, alert for attack, wary of being attacked, with an eye for sudden and unexpected missiles, prepared to act precipitately and coolly, to leap in with a flash of teeth, or to leap away with a menacing snarl.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Despairing of all further efforts, I was precipitately leaving him, when a final thought occurred to me—one which had not been wholly unindulged before.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • They did not know whether they were cries of pain or joy; but they started up precipitately with that inquietude and alarm which every little thing inspires in an unknown country.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • At this point I precipitately found myself aware of three things.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • His downfall, too, will not be more precipitate than awkward.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Exit Estragon left, precipitately.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • The crowd at the door fell back precipitately.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • They went with the churches, and you were left with the grey slow dawns and the precipitate nights as the only measurements of time.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Yet all these changes were, in one sense, so fantastic and had been made so precipitately that it wasn’t easy to regard them as likely to have any permanence.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • But now that I was beginning to understand something of his quality, I could divine the stress he laid on doing nothing precipitately.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Laoghaire dropped the tray on the table next to the door, almost upsetting the decanter in her haste, and turning, fled precipitately.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He concealed himself precipitately in a ditch, and there CHAPTER VI.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Amy, who was fond of delicate fare, took a heaping spoonful, choked, hid her face in her napkin, and left the table precipitately.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You moved too precipitately for the good of our enterprise.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Still further, in Buckingham’s lodging, which he had been forced to abandon more precipitately than he expected, papers were found which confirmed this alliance and which, as the cardinal asserts in his memoirs, strongly compromised Mme. de Chevreuse and consequently the queen.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Under its influence, he exclaimed aloud: "She expects you, and is at hand"; and precipitately left the cavern.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • A little later, with the exquisite manners of the alcoholic that are like the manners of a prisoner or a family servant, he said good-by to an acquaintance, and turning around discovered that the bar’s great moment was over as precipitately as it had begun.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Mr. and Mrs. van der Luyden had come to town for a few days from Skuytercliff, whither they had precipitately fled at the announcement of Beaufort’s failure.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • They depart, more precipitately.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Then she saw the captain frown, a beautiful young girl who was leaning against him gazed at him with disdainful lips and irritated eyes; then Phoebus uttered some words which did not reach her, and both disappeared precipitately behind the window opening upon the balcony, which closed after them.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • With Asa then the retired quite precipitately to a small room back of the mission hall.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Without relinquishing her hold of Jude’s hand she swerved aside and flung herself down on the sod under a stunted thorn, precipitately pulling Jude on to his knees at the same time.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He looked at her, Leonora said, with what was practically a glance of hatred and then, precipitately, he left the breakfast-table.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • So they go out in a loose procession, something after the manner of a straggling funeral, and make their inspection in Mr. Krook’s back second floor, from which a few of the jurymen retire pale and precipitately.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • …addresses; but seeing that she delays, I believe the truth of the promise she has given me that the next time thou art absent from the house she will grant me an interview in the closet where thy jewels are kept (and it was true that Camilla used to meet him there); but I do not wish thee to rush precipitately to take vengeance, for the sin is as yet only committed in intention, and Camilla’s may change perhaps between this and the appointed time, and repentance spring up in its place.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ’Are you certain?’ demanded Nicholas, precipitately; ’not even to my mother or sister?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She herself had taken up the making of a toy for the curate’s children, and was not going to enter on any subject too precipitately.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Whether Mr. Creakle was in earnest, or whether he only did it to frighten me, I don’t know, but he made a burst out of his chair, before which I precipitately retreated, without waiting for the escort Of the man with the wooden leg, and never once stopped until I reached my own bedroom, where, finding I was not pursued, I went to bed, as it was time, and lay quaking, for a couple of hours.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • All these sons of Dhritarashtra, together with the hosts of monarchs, and Bhishma, Drona, and Karna, and the warrior chiefs of our side as well, enter precipitately thy tusked and terrible mouths, frightful to behold.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And falling precipitately upon a prayer-book bound in purple velvet, with gilt clasps, out of which in her haste she let fall a shower of the little pictures, each in a lace fringe of yellowish paper, which she used to mark the places of the greater feasts of the church, my aunt, while she swallowed her drops, began at full speed to mutter the words of the sacred text, its meaning being slightly clouded in her brain by the uncertainty whether the pepsin, when taken so long after the…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Both rose, rather precipitately, and with a toss of her head, Aunt Bertha hurried into the front room to get their coats, leaving Mr. Sternowitz stranded in the kitchen.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • "Lord help us, they are perfect devils!" said Marks, heading the retreat down the rocks with much more of a will than he had joined the ascent, while all the party came tumbling precipitately after him,—the fat constable, in particular, blowing and puffing in a very energetic manner.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The little champion of Rum Alley stumbled precipitately down the other side.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • My second was a violent perception of the mistake of my first: the man who met my eyes was not the person I had precipitately supposed.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He rushed forward precipitately rather than walked, hoping to find some side-street, to make his escape through it, and thus to break his scent once more.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At such times, confronted by three sets of savage teeth, the young wolf stopped precipitately, throwing himself back on his haunches, with forelegs stiff, mouth menacing, and mane bristling.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He could not understand why Leonora should have abandoned him so precipitately when she only thought that he had gone yachting with the Clinton Morleys.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • It seems that there was something like a panic in a restaurant because a customer suddenly felt ill, went very white, and staggered precipitately to the door.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Laurie backed precipitately into a corner, and put his hands behind him with an imploring gesture.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • As the laugh subsided, Mrs. March began to thank Mr. Brooke for his faithful care of her husband, at which Mr. Brooke suddenly remembered that Mr. March needed rest, and seizing Laurie, he precipitately retired.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
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adj as in: a precipitate decision Define
acting with great haste -- often without adequate thought
verb, as in: action will precipitate Define
make something happen abruptly (suddenly)
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