[ pri-kair-ee-uhs-lee ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

Origin of precariously


Other words from precariously

  • su·per·pre·car·i·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·pre·car·i·ous·ly, adverb

Words Nearby precariously Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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