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- (comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
- One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
- (law) Depending on the intention of another.
- (not held or fixed securely and likely to fall over): unsteady, rickety, shaky, tottering, unsafe, unstable, wobbly
- Because the pre- element of precarious derives from prex and not the preposition prae, this term cannot — etymologically speaking — be written as *præcarious.
- 1906, Jack London, White Fang, part I, ch III,
- Never had he been so fond of this body of his as now when his tenure of it was so precarious.
dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
(law) depending on the intention of another
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- precarious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- precarious in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
precarious (not comparable)