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precarious

pre·car·i·ous

precarious

 
 
pronunciation:
prih keI ri s
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: so unstable or insecure as to be dangerous; risky.
He looks in a precarious position balancing on that log.
synonyms:
dangerous, dicey, perilous, risky, shaky, touch-and-go, treacherous, unstable
antonyms:
safe
similar words:
awkward, exposed, rickety, ticklish, tricky, unsteady, vulnerable
definition 2: dependent on chance or uncertain conditions.
Investing is always somewhat precarious.
synonyms:
chancy, uncertain, unpredictable, unsound, unstable, unsteady
antonyms:
certain
similar words:
random, risky, tricky, unreliable
definition 3: based on unproved or questionable premises.
I think you've made a precarious assumption.
synonyms:
dubious, ill-founded, shaky, suspect, unsound
similar words:
equivocal, groundless, problematic, questionable, unfounded, unreliable, untenable
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derivations: precariously (adv.), precariousness (n.)