precarity

noun
pre·​car·​i·​ty | \ pri-ˈker-ə-tē How to pronounce precarity (audio) \

Definition of precarity

: the state or condition of being precarious : precariousness The older brother—Dave—raises the younger one, a responsibility that gives him a perpetual sense of life's urgency and precarity.— Paul Elie Job precarity can add to a number of social and economic challenges facing millennials including rising personal debts, growing costs of living, shrinking access to pensions and lower retirement savings.— Arif Jetha

First Known Use of precarity

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for precarity

probably borrowed from French précarité, from précaire "granted or exercised only with the permission of another, insecure, uncertain" (going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin precārius "given as a favor, uncertain, precarious") + -ité -ity

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“Precarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precarity. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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