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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