Precarious definition

prĭ-kârē-əs
Subject to chance or unknown conditions.
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Dependent upon mere assumption; unwarranted.

A precarious assertion.

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Dangerously lacking in security or stability.

A precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.

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Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises.

A precarious solution to a difficult problem.

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Dependent upon circumstances; uncertain; insecure.

A precarious living.

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(archaic) Dependent on the will or favor of another.
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Dependent upon the will or favor of another person.
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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.

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Dependent upon chance; risky.

A precarious foothold.

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(law) Depending on the intention of another.
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Origin of precarious

  • From Latin precārius obtained by entreaty, uncertain from precārī to entreat pray

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin precārius (“begged for, obtained by entreaty"), from prex, precis (“prayer"). Compare French précaire and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian precario.

    From Wiktionary