precariously


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.precariously - in a precarious manner; "being a precariously dominant minority is a difficult position for human nature to cope with"
Translations
بصورَة غير ثابته او مُسْتَقِرَّه
riskantně
á tvísÿnan hátt
güvensiz bir şekilde

precariously

[prɪˈkɛərɪəslɪ] ADVprecariamente

precariously

[prɪˈkɛəriəsli] adv
(= uncertainly) → de manière précaire
(= unsteadily) precariously balanced → en équilibre instable

precariously

adv cling, dangleunsicher; to be precariously balanced (lit, fig)auf der Kippe stehen; with a cup precariously balanced on the end of his noseeine Tasse auf der Nase balancierend; precariously perched on the edge of the tablegefährlich nahe am Tischrand; he lived rather precariously from his work as a photographerer verdiente einen ziemlich unsicheren Lebensunterhalt als Fotograf

precariously

[prɪˈkɛərɪəslɪ] advprecariamente

precarious

(priˈkeəriəs) adjective
insecure; risky or dangerous.
preˈcariously adverb
preˈcariousness noun
References in classic literature ?
Up this river and its branches they kept for two or three days, supporting themselves precariously upon fish.
Waltzers spun around precariously for a matter of fifteen seconds and then went scurrying down to the rail as if they meant to go overboard.
He had come down to within twenty feet of the bottom, and there, clinging with one hand to a small ledge, and with his feet resting, precariously upon tiny bushes that grew from the solid face of the rock, he lowered the point of his long spear until it hung some six feet above the ground.
Here and there, in places, small twisted manzanitas were rooted precariously, but in the main, save for weeds and grass, that portion of the canon was bare.
He did not know that the TRANSCONTINENTAL had been staggering along precariously for years, that it was a fourth-rater, or tenth-rater, without standing, with a crazy circulation that partly rested on petty bullying and partly on patriotic appealing, and with advertisements that were scarcely more than charitable donations.
Clinging precariously to this new hold the jed slowly drew in the landing leather, down which he had clambered until he could grasp the hook at its end.
It seemed to him he remained there precariously alone with the stanchion for a long, long time.
Clinging precariously, the men descended their side till the spray was flying about them.
Again, where even the fraction of a second's footing was out of the question, he would swing his body past by a moment's hand-grip on a jutting knob of rock, a crevice, or a precariously rooted shrub.
She was a shell, filled with a conflagration, and on the outside of the shell, clinging precariously, the little motes of men, by pull and haul, helped her in the battle.
The iron ore price is holding steady, hovering precariously above official government forecasts of $55 a tonne as major miners report slightly lower production than the market had expected.
Residents migrated to safe places with livestock fearing more landslides as the mountainous land precariously perched on a flashpoint.