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pre·car·i·ous

 (prĭ-kâr′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued" (Christopher Brooke).
3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.
4. Archaic Dependent on the will or favor of another.

[From Latin precārius, obtained by entreaty, uncertain, from precārī, to entreat; see pray.]

pre·car′i·ous·ly adv.
pre·car′i·ous·ness n.

precarious

(prɪˈkɛərɪəs)
adj
1. liable to failure or catastrophe; insecure; perilous
2. archaic dependent on another's will
[C17: from Latin precārius obtained by begging (hence, dependent on another's will), from prex prayer1]
preˈcariously adv
preˈcariousness n

pre•car•i•ous

(prɪˈkɛər i əs)

adj.
1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain: a precarious livelihood.
2. dangerous because insecure or unsteady.
3. based upon insufficient evidence.
4. dependent on the will of another.
[1640–50; < Latin precārius. See prayer1]
pre•car′i•ous•ly, adv.
pre•car′i•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.precarious - affording no ease or reassurance; "a precarious truce"
uneasy - lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance; "farmers were uneasy until rain finally came"; "uneasy about his health"; "gave an uneasy laugh"; "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown"; "an uneasy coalition government"; "an uneasy calm"; "an uneasy silence fell on the group"
2.precarious - fraught with dangerprecarious - 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"
dangerous, unsafe - involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"
3.precarious - not secure; beset with difficulties; "a shaky marriage"
unsafe, insecure - lacking in security or safety; "his fortune was increasingly insecure"; "an insecure future"

precarious

adjective
1. insecure, dangerous, uncertain, tricky, risky, doubtful, dubious, unsettled, dodgy (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. informal), unstable, unsure, hazardous, shaky, hairy (slang), perilous, touch and go, dicey (informal, chiefly Brit.), chancy (informal), built on sand Our financial situation had become precarious.
insecure certain, safe, secure, stable, dependable
2. dangerous, unstable, shaky, slippery, insecure, unsafe, unreliable, unsteady They crawled up a precarious rope ladder.
dangerous secure, stable, steady, reliable

precarious

adjective
1. Not physically steady or firm:
Translations
غَيْر ثابِت أو مُسْتَقِر
nejistýriskantní
risikabelusikker
ótryggur, tvísÿnn
apšaubāmsnedrošsriskants
güvensizrizikolu

precarious

[prɪˈkɛərɪəs] ADJ [health, position] → precario
they are in a precarious financial situationse hallan en una situación económica precaria
it could upset the precarious balance of the peace negotiationspodría alterar el precario equilibrio de las negociaciones de paz

precarious

[prɪˈkɛəriəs] adj
(= unsteady) [ladder] → instable
(= uncertain) [situation, existence, job] → précaire
to be in a precarious position → être en situation précaire

precarious

adjunsicher; situation also, relationshipprekär; theory, assertionanfechtbar; positionunsicher, schwankend; balanceunsicher, schwankend, instabil; peacegefährdet, instabil, unsicher; at a precarious anglein einem gefährlich aussehenden Winkel; that cup/that shelf looks somewhat precariousdie Tasse/das Regal sieht ziemlich gefährlich aus

precarious

[prɪˈkɛərɪəs] adjprecario/a

precarious

(priˈkeəriəs) adjective
insecure; risky or dangerous.
preˈcariously adverb
preˈcariousness noun

precarious

a. precario-a.
References in classic literature ?
It is a precarious kind of property, too; a succession of total eclipses would probably ruin this tavern.
Huck felt that a silence was going to ensue -- a thing still more awful than any amount of murderous talk; so he held his breath and stepped gingerly back; planted his foot carefully and firmly, after balancing, one-legged, in a precarious way and almost toppling over, first on one side and then on the other.
You may also tell him that the mother of Linton desired him to remain under my guardianship; and, at present, his health is very precarious.
The situation of the inferior gentry, or Franklins, as they were called, who, by the law and spirit of the English constitution, were entitled to hold themselves independent of feudal tyranny, became now unusually precarious.
Invited and urged by the open-hearted and truly benevolent people who had given them an asylum from the persecution of their own kindred to form their settlement within the territories then under their jurisdiction, the love of their country predominated over every influence save that of conscience alone, and they preferred the precarious chance of relaxation from the bigoted rigor of the English Government to the certain liberality and alluring offers of the Hollanders.
The pockets of the farmers, on the other hand, will reluctantly yield but scanty supplies, in the unwelcome shape of impositions on their houses and lands; and personal property is too precarious and invisible a fund to be laid hold of in any other way than by the inperceptible agency of taxes on consumption.
Should a war be the result of the precarious situation of European affairs, and all the unruly passions attending it be let loose on the ocean, our escape from insults and depredations, not only on that element, but every part of the other bordering on it, will be truly miraculous.
Korak's spear struck Numa in the shoulder, knocking him from his precarious hold upon the frantically plunging horse.
There was in all this, as may have been observed, one personage concerned, of whom, notwithstanding his precarious position, we have appeared to take but very little notice.
made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow; the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation, and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground.
Impenetrable and heartless, the sea has given nothing of itself to the suitors for its precarious favours.
and even that sum I now held by a very precarious tenure.