AskDefine | Define precarious

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precarious adj
1 affording no ease or reassurance; "a precarious truce" [syn: unstable]
2 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" [syn: parlous, perilous, touch-and-go]
3 dangerously insecure; "a precarious footing on the ladder"
4 not secure; beset with difficulties; "a shaky marriage" [syn: shaky]

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  • /prəˈkɛəriəs/ (RP)
  • /prəˈkɛriəs/ (US)
  • Rhymes: -ɛəriəs


  1. dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
  2. depending on the intention of another


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