- Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
- Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued" (Christopher Brooke).
- Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.
- Archaic. Dependent on the will or favor of another.
[From Latin precārius, obtained by entreaty, uncertain, from precārī, to entreat. See pray.]precariously pre·car'i·ous·ly adv.
precariousness pre·car'i·ous·ness n.
Definition: tricky, doubtful
Antonyms: certain, definite, firm, safe, secure, stable, strong, sure, undoubted
IN BRIEF: Not safe or sure.
Earned a precarious living by taking in one another's washing. — Unknown
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