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Pronunciation:  pri'kehreeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  affording no ease or reassurance; "a precarious truce"
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  not secure; beset with difficulties; "a shaky marriage"
  4. [adj]  dangerously insecure; "a precarious footing on the ladder"

PRECARIOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dangerous, insecure, parlous, perilous, shaky, touch-and-go, uneasy, unsafe, unstable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*ca"ri*ous\, a. [L. precarius obtained by begging
or prayer, depending on request or on the will of another,
fr. precari to pray, beg. See {Pray}.]
1. Depending on the will or pleasure of another; held by
   courtesy; liable to be changed or lost at the pleasure of
   another; as, precarious privileges. --Addison.

2. Held by a doubtful tenure; depending on unknown causes or
   events; exposed to constant risk; not to be depended on
   for certainty or stability; uncertain; as, a precarious
   state of health; precarious fortunes. ``Intervals of
   partial and precarious liberty.'' --Macaulay.

Syn: Uncertain; unsettled; unsteady; doubtful; dubious;

Usage: {Precarious}, {Uncertain}. Precarious in stronger than
       uncertain. Derived originally from the Latin precari,
       it first signified ``granted to entreaty,'' and,
       hence, ``wholly dependent on the will of another.''
       Thus it came to express the highest species of
       uncertainty, and is applied to such things as depend
       wholly on future casualties. -- {Pre*ca"ri*ous*ly},
       adv. -- {Pre*ca"ri*ous*ness}, n.

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