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Definition of precarious adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    precarious

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//prɪˈkɛriəs//
     
     
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  1. 1(of a situation) not safe or certain; dangerous He earned a precarious living as an artist. The museum is in a financially precarious position. The world is a precarious and unstable place.
  2. 2likely to fall or cause someone to fall That ladder looks very precarious. The path down to the beach is very precarious in wet weather.
precariously
 
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adverb The economy is precariously close to recession. He balanced the glass precariously on the arm of his chair.
precariousness
 
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noun [uncountable]
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