Definition of precarious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɪˈkeəriəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkeriəs//
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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. They have a somewhat precarious existence.
  2. 2likely to fall or cause somebody to fall That ladder looks very precarious. The path down to the beach is very precarious in wet weather.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin precarius ‘obtained by entreaty’ (from prex, prec- ‘prayer’) + -ous.
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