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Synonyms for precarious
prɪˈkɛər i əspre·car·i·ous

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.5 / 4 votes

  1. precarious

    Uncertain is applied to things that human knowledge can not certainly determine or that human power can not certainly control; precarious originally meant dependent on the will of another, and now, by extension of meaning, dependent on chance or hazard, with manifest unfavorable possibility verging toward probability; as, one holds office by a precarious tenure, or land by a precarious title; the strong man's hold on life is uncertain, the invalid's is precarious.

    doubtful, dubious, equivocal, hazardous, insecure, perilous, risky, unassured, uncertain, unsettled, unstable, unsteady

    actual, assured, certain, firm, immutable, incontestable, infallible, real, settled, stable, steady, strong, sure, undeniable, undoubted, unquestionable

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  1. precarious

    hazardous, peril, ous, uncertain, riskful, unassured, insecure, dubious, doubtful

    assured, certain, systematic, safe, immutable

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  1. precarious, unstableadjective

    affording no ease or reassurance

    "a precarious truce"

    mentally ill, perilous, parlous, shaky, unstable, touch-and-go, unsound, fluid

    safe, secure, easy

  2. parlous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-goadjective

    fraught with danger

    "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"

    parlous, perilous, touch-and-go, unstable, shaky

    easy, secure, safe

  3. precarious, shakyadjective

    not secure; beset with difficulties

    "a shaky marriage"

    shivering, wobbly, trembling, perilous, parlous, rickety, shaky, wonky, unstable, touch-and-go

    secure, easy, safe

Dictionary of English Synonymes2.0 / 1 vote

  1. precariousadjective

    uncertain, unsettled, unsteady, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, insecure, not to be depended upon

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. precariousadjective

    uncertain, insecure, unassured, doubtful

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  1. Mark Lattimer:

    The sheer number of displaced people means the country continues to face a humanitarian crisis... many of them are in a difficult and precarious situation.

  2. Barack Obama:

    The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious, the Taliban remains a threat. They've gained ground in some places.

  3. Marianne Gasser:

    The fighting is putting enormous pressure on civilians, the temperatures are extremely low and, without an adequate supply of food, water and shelter, displaced people are trying to survive in very precarious conditions.


    book/radiology journal- 53 years strong in 2021-shift change- one of the most precarious times for any patient to be in a hospital. over the years I have documented in the most detailed way- of things which can, and will go wrong-yet so many may be unaware or choose to ignore the dangers. consult with me and I will tell you why. my independent research is ongoing.its x-ray exposure of a different kind.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Convincing Mexico to pay for a fence along our border is unrealistic, deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants is a logistical nightmare. These are examples of putting himself in a very precarious position even if he were successful.

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