pre·​car·​i·​ous·​ness pri-ˈker-ē-əs-nəs How to pronounce precariousness (audio)
: the state or condition of being precarious
The noise, the dashing of the waters, … the precariousness of their footing, for there was scarce room for them to stand on the shelf of rock which they had thus attained … Sir Walter Scott
… at a time when a single night of predation could ruin a family, wolves were a constant reminder of the precariousness of frontier life. Betsy Carpenter and Lisa Busch
… has to keep up an air of high spirits through a daily struggle with his own illiteracy and the precariousness of his employment. George Bernard Shaw
His knowledge is fragmentary, his righteousness is illusory, his motives are tainted, but, aware of the precariousness of human striving, he must strive nevertheless. Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of precariousness was in 1666

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“Precariousness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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