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English definition of “precarious”

precarious

adjective uk   /prɪˈkeə.ri.əs/ us    /-ˈker.i-/
in a dangerous state because not safe or firmly fixed: The lorry was lodged in a very precarious way, with its front wheels hanging over the cliff.Unsafe and insecure A precarious situation is likely to get worse: Many borrowers now find themselves caught in a precarious financial position.Dangers and threats
precariousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Unsafe and insecure
(Definition of precarious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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