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Precarious

Precarious

BEING A DOUBTER’S WORD IN A TIME OF SERIOUS DOUBTS

adj. — held or enjoyed through the favor of another; vulnerable to the will or decision of others
— insecurely founded or reasoned; doubtful
— dependent on chance or circumstance; uncertain
— subject to physical danger; insecure

fm. Latin, precarium, given as a favor or held as a tenant, and therefore uncertain

first published. 1638

inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary

Huck planted his foot carefully and firmly, one-legged, in a precarious way and almost toppling over.
Mark TwainThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

 

Precarious

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