- 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.
- 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.
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adverb The economy is precariously close to recession. He balanced the glass precariously on the arm of his chair.
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