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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-kā′ri-us, adj. uncertain, because depending upon the will of another: held by a doubtful tenure: depending on chance: dangerous, risky.—adv. Precā′riously.—n. Precā′riousness. [L. precarius—precāri, to pray.]
The numerical value of precarious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of precarious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
South Sudan and its people are at a precarious crossroads between being and not being.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
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.
Ours is a precarious language, as every writer knows, in which the merest shadow line often separates affirmation from negation, sense from nonsense, and one sex from the other.
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Translations for precarious
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- precariCatalan, Valencian
- рискованный, ненадёжный, шаткий, опасныйRussian
- nesiguran, krhakSerbo-Croatian
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