Origin of precarious
Examples from the Web for precarious
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
It was evident to the Royal Irish that their position was most precarious.The Irish at the Front|Michael MacDonagh
Both liberty and property are precarious, unless the possessors have sense and spirit enough to defend them.
In another half-minute the man was taken from his precarious perch, and lifted, in a state of complete collapse, into the boat.King of the Air|Herbert Strang
It is, above all, the position of the Christians, which is deplorable and precarious.
Even this paltry means of support was precarious, and it was resolved to keep the marriage secret.
British Dictionary definitions for precarious
Word Origin for precarious
Word Origin and History for precarious
1640s, a legal word, "held through the favor of another," from Latin precarius "obtained by asking or praying," from prex (genitive precis) "entreaty, prayer" (see pray). Notion of "dependent on the will of another" led to extended sense "risky, dangerous, uncertain" (1680s). "No word is more unskillfully used than this with its derivatives. It is used for uncertain in all its senses; but it only means uncertain, as dependent on others ..." [Johnson]. Related: Precariously; precariousness.