Precarious is swimming in a rough sea.
The definition of precarious is something dependent on forces or circumstances outside one's control.
An example of precarious is swimming in a rough ocean.
- dependent upon the will or favor of another person
- dependent upon circumstances; uncertain; insecure: a precarious living
- dependent upon chance; risky: a precarious foothold
- dependent upon mere assumption; unwarranted: a precarious assertion
Origin of precariousClassical Latin precarius: see prayer
- Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
- Subject to chance or unknown conditions: “His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued” ( Christopher Brooke )
- Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.
- Archaic Dependent on the will or favor of another.
Origin of precariousFrom Latin precārius obtained by entreaty, uncertain from precārī to entreat ; see pray .
(comparative more precarious, superlative most precarious)
- Because the pre- element of precarious derives from prex and not the preposition prae, this term cannot "” etymologically speaking "” be written as *prÃ¦carious.