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
Examples of precarious in a Sentence
It has never been so precarious.
Just look at a map, and it’s clear why the situation is precarious.
This puts us in a more precarious position, there’s no doubt about it.
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.
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Translations for precarious
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- precariCatalan, Valencian
- рискованный, ненадёжный, шаткий, опасныйRussian
- nesiguran, krhakSerbo-Croatian
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