Meaning of “precarious” in the English Dictionary

"precarious" in British English

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precariousadjective

uk /prɪˈkeə.ri.əs/ us /prɪˈker.i.əs/

in a dangerous state because of not being safe or not being held in place firmly:

The lorry was lodged in a very precarious way, with its front wheels hanging over the cliff.

A precarious situation is likely to get worse:

Many borrowers now find themselves caught in a precarious financial position.
precariousness
noun [ U ] uk /prɪˈkeə.ri.əs.nəs/ us /prɪˈker.i.əs.nəs/

(Definition of “precarious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precarious" in American English

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precariousadjective

us /prɪˈkeər·i·əs/

in danger because not firmly fixed; likely to fall or suffer harm:

I climbed onto a precarious platform to get a better view.
precariously
adverb us /prɪˈkeər·i·əs·li/

The vase was precariously perched on a narrow shelf next to the door.

(Definition of “precarious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)