Definitions for precariousprɪˈkɛər i əs
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affording no ease or reassurance
"a precarious truce"
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"
not secure; beset with difficulties
"a shaky marriage"
dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
depending on the intention of another
Origin: From precarius, from prex, precis. Compare French précaire and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian precario.
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
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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Just look at a map, and it’s clear why the situation is precarious.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
By the 30th of June, the funding will be completely exhausted, if money is not available the health situation will become extremely precarious.
So the burden of adjustment... falls squarely on labor, basically on cutting labor costs, that, politically, is a precarious basis for a currency.
The sheer number of displaced people means the country continues to face a humanitarian crisis... many of them are in a difficult and precarious situation.
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