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Synonyms for precarious
prɪˈkɛər i əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precarious, unstable(adj)

    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-go(adj)

    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, shaky(adj)

    not secure; beset with difficulties

    "a shaky marriage"

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

    secure, easy, safe

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. precarious

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

    assured, certain, systematic, safe, immutable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. precarious(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. precarious(a)

    uncertain, insecure, unassured, doubtful

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "precarious":

    insecure, fragile, uncertain, unstable, tenuous, volatile, shaky, unsafe, uneasy, poor, delicate, weak, dangerous, substandard, perilous

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  1. The IEA:

    On the face of it, the oil price appears to be stabilising. What a precarious balance it is, however, behind the façade of stability, the rebalancing triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course, and it might be overly optimistic to expect it to proceed smoothly.

  2. Martin McKee:

    There is an extensive body of research on inequalities in health, which points primarily to the conditions within which people live and work, with the most deprived experiencing precarious income, employment, housing and now even food supply in the UK.

  3. Nicolas Maloufi:

    We live a precarious existence.

  4. Simon Tilford:

    So the burden of adjustment... falls squarely on labor, basically on cutting labor costs, that, politically, is a precarious basis for a currency.

  5. Josh Haner:

    I flew a drone above the island showing just how precarious its location is : Homes clinging to the edge of an eroding coastline as unrelenting waves chisel away at what remains, after I saw what was happening on Ejit, I realized that climate change is not something nebulous that will only start affecting us in the future, but rather something happening right now. Residents are being forced to make the most difficult decision : Do they stay and build sea walls to buy some more time, or do they relocate ?

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