Definitions for precarious
prɪˈkɛər i əspre·car·i·ous
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precarious.
affording no ease or reassurance
"a precarious truce"
parlous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-goadjective
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
Etymology: From precarius, from prex, precis. Compare French précaire and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian precario.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Dependent; uncertain, because depending on the will of another; held by courtesy; changeable or alienable at the pleasure of another. No word is more unskilfully used than this with its derivatives. It is used for uncertain in all its senses; but it only means uncertain, as dependent on others: thus there are authors who mention the precariousness of an account, of the weather, of a die.
Etymology: precarius, Lat. precaire, Fr.
What subjects will precarious kings regard,
A beggar speaks too softly to be heard. Dryden.
Those who live under an arbitrary tyrannick power, have no other law but the will of their prince, and consequently no privileges but what are precarious. Addison.
This little happiness is so very precarious, that it wholly depends on the will of others. Joseph Addison, Spectator.
He who rejoices in the strength and beauty of youth, should consider by how precarious a tenure he holds these advantages, that a thousand accidents may before the next dawn lay all these glories in the dust. John Rogers, Sermons.
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
The increase in growth in the informal sector versus a reduction in salaried private sector employment is a sign of how precarious employment is becoming in Latin America.
The fighting is putting enormous pressure on civilians, the temperatures are extremely low and, without an adequate supply of food, water and shelter, displaced people are trying to survive in very precarious conditions.
On the face of it, the oil price appears to be stabilizing. What a precarious balance it is, however, behind the façade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course, and it might be overly optimistic to expect it to proceed smoothly.
We travel in precarious boats, without equipment such as a radio or satellite phones.
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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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- precariCatalan, Valencian
- шаткий, ненадёжный, опасный, рискованныйRussian
- krhak, nesiguranSerbo-Croatian
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