from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
- adj. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued” ( Christopher Brooke).
- adj. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.
- adj. Archaic Dependent on the will or favor of another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous
- adj. depending on the intention of another
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Depending on the will or pleasure of another; held by courtesy; liable to be changed or lost at the pleasure of another.
- adj. Held by a doubtful tenure; depending on unknown causes or events; exposed to constant risk; not to be depended on for certainty or stability; uncertain
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dependent on the will or pleasure of another; liable to be lost or withdrawn at the will of another; hence, uncertain; insecure.
- Specifically, in law, of uncertain tenure; revocable at the will of the owner or creator: as, a precarious right or loan.
- Dependent only upon the will of the owner or originator; hence, arbitrary; unfounded.
- Dependent upon chance; of doubtful issue; uncertain as to result.
- Hence Dangerous; hazardous; exposed to positive peril, risk of misunderstanding, or other hazard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affording no ease or reassurance
- adj. not secure; beset with difficulties
- adj. fraught with danger
From Latin precārius, obtained by entreaty, uncertain, from precārī, to entreat; see pray.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin precārius ("begged for, obtained by entreaty"), from prex, precis ("prayer"). Compare French précaire and Spanish, Portuguese and Italian precario. (Wiktionary)