pre·car·i·ous [pri-kair-ee-uhs] (previously 07-12-13)
1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure: a precarious livelihood.
2. dependent on the will or pleasure of another; liable to be withdrawn or lost at the will of another: He held a precarious tenure under an arbitrary administration.
3. exposed to or involving danger; dangerous; perilous; risky: the precarious life of an underseas diver.
4. having insufficient, little, or no foundation: a precarious assumption.
OTHER WORDS FROM PRECARIOUS
WORDS RELATED TO PRECARIOUS
hazardous, dangerous, uncertain, unhealthy, touchy, unsettled, insecure, shaky, risky, unreliable, rocky, unstable, delicate, ticklish, slippery, unsteady, problematic, perilous, dicey, ambiguous
SYNONYMS FOR PRECARIOUS
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1. unsure, unsteady.
2. doubtful, dubious, unreliable, undependable.
4. groundless, baseless, unfounded.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR PRECARIOUS
1. See uncertain.
ANTONYMS FOR PRECARIOUS
Origin: 1640–50; < Latin precarius obtained by entreaty or mere favor, hence uncertain. See prayer
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