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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precarious mean? 

PRECARIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective PRECARIOUS has 4 senses:

1. affording no ease or reassurance
2. fraught with danger
3. dangerously insecure
4. not secure; beset with difficulties

  Familiarity information: PRECARIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

PRECARIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1precarious [BACK TO TOP]


Affording no ease or reassurance


precarious; unstable

Context example:

a precarious truce


uneasy (lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance)

Sense 2precarious [BACK TO TOP]


Fraught with danger


parlous; perilous; touch-and-go; precarious

Context examples:

dangerous waters / a parlous journey on stormy seas / a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat / the precarious life of an undersea diver / dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery


dangerous; unsafe (involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm)

Sense 3precarious [BACK TO TOP]


Dangerously insecure

Context example:

a precarious footing on the ladder


insecure (not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way)

Sense 4precarious [BACK TO TOP]


Not secure; beset with difficulties


shaky; precarious

Context example:

a shaky marriage


insecure; unsafe (lacking in security or safety)

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