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."

Usage Examples:

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)

Want to Learn More Words Like precarious?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word precarious were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: