pre·​car·​i·​ous·​ly pri-ˈker-ē-əs-lē How to pronounce precariously (audio)
: in a precarious manner
These birds suspend their nests precariously among fine twigs …Michael Hansell
… the privilege of a tiny, precariously poised minority.Derek Bickerton
Waiters in white shirts and black vests roamed, trays balanced precariously but with utmost precision.Noah Charney
… it's now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction and has become the first-ever bumblebee to be declared endangered in the US.Laura Dennison

Examples of precariously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moments later, the duo was back in action with Mahomes throwing 10 or so passes to Kelce in the crowd — including one Kelce caught precariously near a table and another by boards ringing the floor. Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, 2 June 2024 Some of the containers aboard are leaning precariously, creating a hazard, Wallace said. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 27 Mar. 2024 Already situated precariously at the edge of habitable ranges for many animals and trees, these mountains are like points in a dot-to-dot drawing of the Southwest’s ecology. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Hospitality is innately altruistic, and the neighborhood restaurant is especially, preciously, precariously so. Heather Sperling, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 His book is suspended precariously between apology and celebration. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Musk took the opportunity to encourage everyone listening to have at least three children, given that humanity rests precariously on thin ice in the broader scheme of the universe. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 May 2024 In their place are generic invocations of 21st century feminist and racial-justice fights, plus the occasional dig at the real estate tycoon who became our 45th President, tied precariously together with thin strands of plot that strain believability. Judy Berman, TIME, 2 May 2024 The Lakers now enter their final two games precariously balancing above disaster, needing to win on the road at Memphis and New Orleans while hoping for help to avoid ending as the 10th playoff seed. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precariously was in 1646

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“Precariously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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