What does precarious mean?

Definitions for precariousprɪˈkɛər i əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precarious.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precarious

    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. precariusprecāri, to pray.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precarious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precarious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edmar Santos:

    It has never been so precarious.

  2. Alexander Knyazev:

    Just look at a map, and it’s clear why the situation is precarious.

  3. Robert White:

    This puts us in a more precarious position, there’s no doubt about it.

  4. Riek Machar:

    South Sudan and its people are at a precarious crossroads between being and not being.

  5. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

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