precipitant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French precipitant, from Latin praecipitans, present participle of praecipitare (to cast down headlong), from praeceps (head foremost, headlong), from prae (before) + caput (head).

Adjective[edit]

precipitant (comparative more precipitant, superlative most precipitant)

  1. That falls headlong, or causes a headlong fall
    • J. Philips
      They leave their little lives / Above the clouds, precipitant to earth.
  2. Rash or impulsive
  3. Sudden or unexpected
  4. (chemistry) That causes precipitation

Noun[edit]

precipitant (plural precipitants)

  1. A substance that forms a precipitate when added to a solution

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