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English definition of “parlous”

parlous

adjective uk   /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
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