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precarious (adj) dangerous, uncertain

If a situation is precarious it is likely to become very dangerous. The economy of a country is precarious if the country is going to face the danger of poverty. A patientís condition is precarious, as he might die at any moment. When someone lives a precarious life, they face utter poverty.

  • His position on the top of the hill was precarious. There was the danger of his slipping down the hill into the deep valley below.
  • One more spell of drought, and the countryís food situation will be precarious. Starvation deaths will be a near certainty.
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