What does the word precarious mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Main Entry: pre·car·i·ous

    Pronunciation: \pri-ˈker-ē-əs\

    Function: adjective

    Etymology: Latin precarius obtained by entreaty, uncertain — more at prayer

    Date: 1646

    1 : depending on the will or pleasure of another

    2 : dependent on uncertain premises : dubious <precarious generalizations>

    3 a : dependent on chance circumstances, unknown conditions, or uncertain developments b : characterized by a lack of security or stability that threatens with danger

    synonyms see dangerous

    — pre·car·i·ous·ly adverb

    — pre·car·i·ous·ness noun

  • 1 decade ago

    1. dependent upon the will or favor of another person

    2. dependent upon circumstances; uncertain; insecure: a precarious living

    3. dependent upon chance; risky: a precarious foothold

    4. dependent upon mere assumption; unwarranted: a precarious assertion

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