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precariously

[ pri-kair-ee-uhs-lee ]
/ prɪˈkɛər i əs li /
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adverb
in an unstable, uncertain, or insecure way:The two archrivals sit precariously balanced at the top of the league, either one likely to fall in the standings at any time.
in a way that is dependent on the will of others:They live precariously, subject to arrest by immigration authorities, and with taxes withheld from paychecks that they cannot reclaim.
in a way that is risky or dangerous; perilously: He steadies the canoe as his son stands precariously in the bow, aiming his spear toward the river.
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OTHER WORDS FROM precariously

su·per·pre·car·i·ous·ly, adverbun·pre·car·i·ous·ly, adverb
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