Origin of precarious
Examples from the Web for precariousness
The cops rightly sensed the precariousness of the situation.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life|Michael Daly|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In doing so, it highlights the precariousness of sudden surges.
They were neither of them in a very sanguine mood, and apparently well aware of the precariousness of their position.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)|Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
In all hypotheses as to the more remote destiny of literature, we can but be struck by the precariousness of its existence.
Successive Land Acts lift them more and more into a position of security from one of precariousness.Peeps at Many Lands: Ireland|Katharine Tynan
In consequence of the difficulty of diving and the precariousness of the search, a number of proverbs were current.Bible Animals;|J. G. Wood
He felt, with a sense of great weakness, the precariousness of his job.Turns about Town|Robert Cortes Holliday
British Dictionary definitions for precariousness
Word Origin for precarious
Word Origin and History for precariousness
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.