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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈkɛə.ɹɪ.əs/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈkɛɚ.i.əs/
- Rhymes: -ɛəɹiəs
- Hyphenation: pre‧ca‧ri‧ous
- (comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- 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.
- 2022 November 2, Paul Bigland, “New trains, old trains, and splendid scenery”, in RAIL, number 969, page 57:
- One can't escape the huge nuclear facility at Sellafield (supplier of much of the line's remaining freight traffic), or miss the wild shingle beaches with exposed and precarious bungalows sandwiched between the railway and the shore at Braystones.
- (law) Depending on the intention of another.
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, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “precarious”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- Precarious in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
precarious (not comparable)