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 for precipitously
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Precipitous \Pre*cip"i*tous\, a. [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF.
     precipiteux. See Precipice.]
     1. Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or
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     2. Headlong; as, precipitous fall.
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     3. Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous
        attempts. --Sir T. Browne. "Marian's low, precipitous
        `Hush!'" --Mrs. Browning.
        [1913 Webster] -- Pre*cip"i*tous*ly, adv. --
        Pre*cip"i*tous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: very suddenly and to a great degree; "conditions that
             precipitously increase the birthrate"; "prices rose
             sharply" [syn: precipitously, sharply]
      2: abruptly; in a precipitous manner; "the mountains rose
         precipitously from the shore"

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