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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹəˈkɛəɹi.əs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹəˈkɛɹi.əs/
- Rhymes: -ɛəɹiəs
- Hyphenation: pre‧ca‧ri‧ous
- (comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in 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.
- 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.
- (not held or fixed securely and likely to fall over): unsteady, rickety, shaky, tottering, unsafe, unstable, wobbly
dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
(law) depending on the intention of another
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Translations to be checked
- precarious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- precarious in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- Precarious in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
precarious (not comparable)