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abrupt

1. Botany shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
2. Geology (of strata) cropping out suddenly

abrupt

[ə′brəpt]
(botany)
Ending suddenly, as though broken off.
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Many Greeks have long viewed the broadcaster as a wasteful source of patronage jobs for political parties, but the abruptness with which ERT was taken off air took many by surprise.
Plans go awry and the abruptness of it all brings a subconscious fear that you are preparing for a fall.
The abruptness of the climate shifts was probably more lethal than whether it warmed or cooled, says coauthor Konrad Hughen, a paleoclimatologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
We also get a Skype-related scare, an emerging sub-genre also mined in the low-budget Unfriended , an online conversation that logs off with chilling abruptness ('Who's that standing right next to you?
He said: "In spite of the detailed preparations we made in the fourth quarter, the abruptness of the fall in activity required us to take additional actions.
The Traffic Department's decision to reduce speed limit on February 22nd Street to 80km from 100km has come as a surprise, not because it is not a wise move but because of its abruptness (Gulf Times, January 24).
Past regime shifts in marine ecosystems such as observed in 1977 and in 1998 in the North Pacific in several trophic levels challenged the marine resources managers because of the scale (throughout the North Pacific) and the abruptness (occurred within a year or so) of the change.
This abruptness is perhaps what lends a pervasive sense of incompleteness to what is seemingly a far-reaching collection.
This version would be more plausible if it weren't for the abruptness of the president's departure.
This practice creates irregularity in the book and abruptness between chapters, making it seem more like a collection of essays on a single subject than an organized study.
Thrilling as the urgency and abruptness of her move were, it was the sheer musicality of her running that sent reviewers plunging into their Playbills to learn her name.
most of all, what exactly to make of its creator, the cartoonishly bespectacled, internationally renowned Swiss artist THOMAS HIRSCHHORN, who had descended on the Forest Houses as if from outer space and remained a daily presence throughout this artwork-cum-community-center's ephemeral existence, only to vanish with the same abruptness with which he had first appeared.