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Definition of "precipitant" [pre•cip•i•tant]

  • Rushing or falling headlong. (adjective)
  • Acting with or marked by impulsiveness in thought or action; rash. See Usage Note at precipitate. (adjective)
  • Abrupt or unexpected; sudden. (adjective)
  • Chemistry A substance that causes a precipitate to form when it is added to a solution. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "precipitant" in a sentence
  • "The precipitant was his involvement in an incident of stealing in a department store, following which he was put on probation."
  • ""Unemployment is very often the precipitant or at least a contributor to family homicides," Mr. Fox said."
  • "Kevin Rexroad, M.D., a psychiatrist in New Mexico, stressed that the pain of divorce should not be underestimated when considering its impact on children or whether it can be factored in as a precipitant to violence:"