precarious

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

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precarious (comparative more precarious, superlative most precarious)

  1. (comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
  2. (law) Depending on the intention of another.
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Because the pre- element of precarious derives from prex and not the preposition prae, this term cannot — etymologically speaking — be written as *præcarious.

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Etymology 2[edit]

pre- +‎ carious

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precarious (not comparable)

  1. (dentistry) Relating to incipient caries.