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English definition of “parlous”

parlous

adjective     /ˈpɑː.ləs/ US  /ˈpɑːr-/ formal
very bad , dangerous , or uncertain : Relations between the two countries have been in a parlous state for some time . I'd like to buy a new car , but my finances are in such a parlous state that I can't afford to.Dangers and threatsUncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
(Definition of parlous adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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