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precarious

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of precarious

not safe, strong, or steady
  • He earned a precarious livelihood by gambling.
  • She was in a state of precarious health.
  • The government is in a precarious position.
  • The strong wind almost knocked him off of his precarious perch on the edge of the cliff.

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dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully. soldiers on a dangerous mission hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure. claims that smoking is hazardous to your health precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty. earned a precarious living by gambling perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger. perilous mountain roads risky often applies to a known and accepted danger. shied away from risky investments

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The first known use of precarious was in 1646

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“Precarious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/precarious. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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