pre|car|i|ous

pre|car|i|ous
pre|car|i|ous «prih KAIR ee uhs», adjective.
1. not safe or secure; uncertain; dangerous; risky: »

Soldiers on the battlefield lead a precarious life. His poor hold on the branch was precarious. His power was more precarious than…he was willing to admit (Scott).

SYNONYM(S): perilous, hazardous.
2. dependent on chance or circumstance.
3. poorly founded; doubtful; assumed: »

a precarious opinion or conclusion.

[< Latin precārius (with English -ous) obtainable by entreaty; dependent on another's will, uncertain < prex, precis prayer]
pre|car´i|ous|ly, adverb.
pre|car´i|ous|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pre|car´i|ous|ness — pre|car|i|ous «prih KAIR ee uhs», adjective. 1. not safe or secure; uncertain; dangerous; risky: »Soldiers on the battlefield lead a precarious life. His poor hold on the branch was precarious. His power was more precarious than…he was willing to …   Useful english dictionary

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