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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precarity was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Precarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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