V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. dangerously unstable or insecure; 2. based or dependent on on unproved premises or doubtful assumptions
Synonyms: chancy, risky, dangerous, unstable, insecure, wobbly, doubtful, unsound, unfouded, uncertain
Antonyms: stable, secure, safe, certain
Tips: Precarious is often used to describe a situation that is unstable, dangerous, and likely to get worse. Think of losing your footing and close to falling, both literally and figuratively. For a memory trick, note how precarious sounds like "please carry us." Now, imagine a Mother hiking with her two girls and they come to a steep area where the girls feel unstable and are afraid they may fall. This situation is precarious, so the girls might say, "Please carry us because this situation is precarious and we are afraid we may slip and fall."
The vase fell because he put it down in a precarious spot. (unstable)
I was afraid he was going to fall because of his precarious footing on the ladder. (unstable, dangerous)
Because of budget cuts, the city was in a precarious financial position. (dangerous, unstable)
Two months of financial loss put the company in a precarious position. (unstable, insecure)
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