precipitant

A precipitant is a cause or reason for some event. So if you skip your Biology test on March 17th, your parents might deduce that your enjoyment of the St. Patrick's Day parade was a precipitant of your actions.

See the pre in precipitant? Since pre means "before," you can remember that a precipitant always comes before something else. Precipitant can also mean "hasty" — a precipitant marriage is one where both parties marry too quickly. Not to be confused with percipient, meaning someone with unusual sensitivity and understanding of people and events. A percipient person would never skip his Biology test.

Primary Meanings of precipitant

1.
adj
done with very great haste and without due deliberation
2.
n
an agent that causes a precipitate to form
Full Definitions of precipitant
1

adj done with very great haste and without due deliberation

Synonyms:
hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitous
hurried
moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
2

n an agent that causes a precipitate to form

Types:
dimethylglyoxime
a compound used in analysis as a precipitant for palladium or nickel
Type of:
agent
a substance that exerts some force or effect

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