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precipitancy n : the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning [syn: abruptness, precipitateness, precipitance, suddenness]

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  1. Suddenness; excessive haste.


  • 1759 — Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments, page 337
    Though this involuntary falsehood may frequently be no mark of any want of veracity, of any want of the most perfect love of truth, it is always in some degree a mark of want of judgment, of want of memory, of improper credulity, of some degree of precipitancy and rashness.

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