[with object]
1 Cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely.
1.1 with object and adverbial of direction Cause to move suddenly and with force.
1.2 precipitate someone/something intoSend someone or something suddenly into a particular state or condition.
2 Chemistry
Cause (a substance) to be deposited in solid form from a solution.
2.1 Cause (drops of moisture or particles of dust) to be deposited from the atmosphere or from a vapour or suspension.
1 Done, made, or acting suddenly or without careful consideration.
1.1 Occurring suddenly or abruptly.
A substance precipitated from a solution.

Early 16th century from Latin praecipitat- ‘thrown headlong’, from the verb praecipitare, from praeceps, praecip(it)- ‘headlong’, from prae ‘before’ + caput ‘head’. The original sense of the verb was ‘hurl down, send violently’; hence ‘cause to move rapidly’, which gave rise to sense 1 (early 17th century).


I considered being precipitate
Because today, it’s getting late,
But there might be bad fallout
So I decided to go all out
So y’all don’t need to settle
Like snowfall on cold metal.
‘Cause remember with good concentration,
We’ve already used precipitation.


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