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English definition of “precarious”


adjective     /prɪˈkeəriəs/
SITUATION A precarious situation is likely to become worse: Many illegal immigrants are in a precarious position.Unsafe and insecure
NOT FIXED not fixed and likely to fall: That shelf looks a bit precarious.Unsafe and insecure
precariously adverb Her cup was balanced precariously on the arm of the chair.
(Definition of precarious adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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