precarity

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Back-formation from precarious +‎ -ity

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precarity (countable and uncountable, plural precarities)

  1. (sociology) a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare.
    • 2014, Roland Paulsen, Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance, →ISBN, page 82:
      A phenomenon that catches a general tendency towards obscurity is what Standing calls "uptitling" - to give a job a high-sounding epithet to conceal its precarity and, I would say, its substance.

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