Definition of parlous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    parlous

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpɑrləs//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1(of a situation) very bad and very uncertain; dangerous synonym perilous
  2. 2 the parlous state of the economy
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