HiHello, my friends,
I was wondering the difference between the two:
1) He made a precipitate decision.
2) He made a precipitous decision.
Thoughts: The decision is made within a short period of time without being planned.
Not according to this:Yes, you are right. 'Precipitate' can be used as an adjective, too. However, I think 'precipitous' is more commonly used.
How about this:
Got it. Thank you very much.'Precipitate' may be a verb, a noun or an adjective. When it is an adjective, it means 'rushed', 'too hasty'.
'The precipitate decison to sell the shares was proved wrong within days when their value doubled.'
'Precipitous' is only an adjective and it is a physical description meaning 'steep', 'like a cliff'.
'Suddenly, as the fog lifted, the climbers saw before them a precipitous slope.'
According to Chambers English Dictionary 'precipitous' has also a rare meaning of 'precipitate': but that is so rare you could go a lifetime and never meet it. It is better to keep the adjective 'precpitate' for actions or decisions and 'precipitous' for physical descriptions.