dependent on the will or pleasure of another; liable to be withdrawn or lost at the will of another: He held a precarious tenure under an arbitrary administration.
- pre·car·i·ous·ly, adverb
- pre·car·i·ous·ness, noun
- su·per·pre·car·i·ous, adjective
- su·per·pre·car·i·ous·ness, noun
- un·pre·car·i·ous, adjective
- un·pre·car·i·ous·ness, noun
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How to use precarious in a sentence
While places like Buca di Beppo are hardly independent restaurants, presumably Fieri’s restaurant concept keeps some members of the service industry employed at a time when restaurant work is precarious.
The unique challenges some older people in the US face with digital access is making a precarious situation worse for them.A big hurdle for older Americans trying to get vaccinated: Using the internet | Rebecca Heilweil | January 27, 2021 | Vox
As gender non-conforming persons, our natal homes can often render our wellbeing precarious.The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been a “great equaliser” for India’s queer population | Neel Sengupta | January 22, 2021 | Quartz
An absolutely global union would have no such motivation, making it far more precarious.Why a Universal Society Is Unattainable - Issue 95: Escape | Mark W. Moffett | January 14, 2021 | Nautilus
Indeed, after watching Bridgerton, I concluded in my review that “its most interesting ideas — like Simon’s precarious place in society as a duke of color or his mysterious time abroad — get almost no attention.”
But he has somehow leapt to a higher plateau during the last few years—all the more amazing given his precarious health.
Somebody else suggests that the evidence is precarious, coming as it does from victims who might not make confident witnesses.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero | Clive Irving | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a precarious life, tented on the fairgrounds with all earnings in cash.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending | Anne Berry | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The incident highlights the precarious state of Afghanistan as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from the country.
Their harrowing escape to Erbil has ended in a precarious and hardscrabble existence.Church Bells Fall Silent in Mosul as Iraq’s Christians Flee | Andrew Doran, Drew Bowling | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When riding along a good road his position was precarious enough, requiring all his best efforts to maintain his balance.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
To what sad, precarious, and miserable existence does he vow himself—he who takes up a literary career?Charles Baudelaire, His Life | Thophile Gautier
She had felt that no really nice girl would travel so far on so precarious an errand, particularly when she was alone.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
Um could reach the highest shelf without standing on an inverted rice-pot, or the even more precarious fish-cleaning bench.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
The life of the forest and desert hunters is one of incessant activity, and their food supply is precarious.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for precarious
liable to failure or catastrophe; insecure; perilous
archaic dependent on another's will
- precariously, adverb
- precariousness, noun
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