Definition of Precarious

1. Adjective. Affording no ease or reassurance. "A precarious truce"

Exact synonyms: Unstable
Similar to: Uneasy
Derivative terms: Precariousness, Unstableness



2. Adjective. Fraught with danger. "Dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"
Exact synonyms: Parlous, Perilous, Touch-and-go
Similar to: Dangerous, Unsafe
Derivative terms: Peril, Peril, Peril, Perilousness, Precariousness

3. Adjective. Not secure; beset with difficulties. "A shaky marriage"
Exact synonyms: Shaky
Similar to: Insecure, Unsafe
Derivative terms: Precariousness, Shakiness

Definition of Precarious

1. a. 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.

Definition of Precarious

1. Adjective. (comparable) dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous ¹

2. Adjective. (legal) depending on the intention of another ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Precarious

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Precarious

precanceling
precancellation
precancelled
precancelling
precancels
precancer
precancerous
precancers
precandidate
precandidates
precap
precapillary
precapitalist
precapitalists
precariat
precarious (current term)
precariously
precariousness
precarity
precast
precasting
precasts
precatalyst
precatalysts
precatalytic
precation
precations
precative
precatively
precatory

Literary usage of Precarious

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"The Jewish patriarch, who was still permitted to exercise a precarious jurisdiction, held his residence at Tiberias," and the neighbouring cities of ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"... thirds, and all claim upon the real and personal estate of the husband, if precarious and uncertain, as, that the personal estate shall go according to ..."

3. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1861)
"... TO REINFORCE SCHUYLER—precarious STATE OF WASHINGTON'S ARMY—CONJECTURES AS TO THE DESIGNS OF THE ENEMY—EXPEDITION OF THE BRITISH AGAINST PEEKS- KILL. ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"precarious nature of the Peace. [isca rusty. Between old monarchies and a young republic the spirit of hostility must always exist. ..."

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