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abruptness

Noun

1 an abrupt discourteous manner [syn: brusqueness, curtness, gruffness, shortness]
2 the property possessed by a slope that is very steep [syn: precipitousness, steepness] [ant: gradualness]
3 the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning [syn: precipitateness, precipitance, precipitancy, suddenness]

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English

Etymology

abrupt + -ness

Noun

  1. The state of being abrupt or broken; craggedness; ruggedness; steepness.
  2. Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence; as, abruptness of style or manner.

Translations

state of being abrupt
suddenness
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