Definitions for precariousprɪˈkɛər i əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•car•i•ousprɪˈkɛər i əs(adj.)

  1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain:

    a precarious livelihood.

  2. dangerous because insecure or unsteady.

  3. based upon insufficient evidence.

  4. dependent on the will of another.

Origin of precarious:

1640–50; < L precārius. See prayer1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. precarious, unstable(adj)

    affording no ease or reassurance

    "a precarious truce"

  2. parlous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-go(adj)

    fraught with danger

    "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"

  3. precarious, shaky(adj)

    not secure; beset with difficulties

    "a shaky marriage"


  1. precarious(Adjective)

    dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous

  2. precarious(Adjective)

    depending on the intention of another

  3. Origin: From precarius, from prex, precis. Compare French précaire and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian precario.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precarious(adj)

    depending on the will or pleasure of another; held by courtesy; liable to be changed or lost at the pleasure of another; as, precarious privileges

  2. Precarious(adj)

    held by a doubtful tenure; depending on unknown causes or events; exposed to constant risk; not to be depended on for certainty or stability; uncertain; as, a precarious state of health; precarious fortunes

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insecure; risky or dangerous.

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