English

Definition of 'precarious'

See related content

Synonyms of "precarious"
Synonyms of "precarious"
French Translation of "precarious"
French Translation of "precarious"
Translator
Translator
Pronunciation Playlists
Pronunciation Playlists
Word of the day : peekapoo
Word of the day : peekapoo
Spanish Translation of "precarious"
Spanish Translation of "precarious"
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
Collins English Dictionary apps
Collins English Dictionary apps

Example sentences containing 'precarious'

These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
But life here is precarious and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But quite a few clubs are in a precarious position. The Sun (2016)Unions have complained that some workers have been forced to become self-employed to accept precarious jobs on low pay. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Durham's recent experience has brought home the reality of the precarious situation around the first-class game. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Turkey is quite precarious anyway,' she says. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This precarious financial position is largely because footballers are the most successful workers in the land. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The neighbourhood is looking particularly precarious as summer approaches. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The problem with tall cranes is that in stormy weather they become precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It was at this precarious moment that she entered our lives and garden. Eddison, Sydney A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden (1990)We are now in a very precarious position. The Sun (2013)What a precarious existence we have had as a nation! Times, Sunday Times (2007)The situation is precarious but can be rescued. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Fast-forward to next winter and the situation looks precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Many of these people are in a precarious position. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The play does its job of reminding us just how precarious our existence is. Times, Sunday Times (2010)On the other hand the present situation is precarious. Hebblethwaite, Peter Paul VI - The First Modern Pope (1993)And their future looks more precarious when the troops go home. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Its financial position has been precarious and the recent sale of land for house building was essential to survive. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They remind you that life is precarious and your world can turn upside down from one moment to the next. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The situation was becoming increasingly precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was a very precarious life. Max Arthur Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 19011910 in the words of the Men & Women Who Were There (2006)The minister is usually in a precarious financial situation; funds are low and the future uncharted. Christianity Today (2000)It becomes slightly more precarious, as if you were trying to do a movie. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some of these projects were killed by a company's precarious financial standing or poor prevailing economic conditions. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is because Russia's economy is increasingly precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But to the population in these areas it will feel increasingly precarious,' she said. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

Trends of 'precarious'

In Common Usage. precarious is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

View usage over:

Translations for 'precarious'

British English: precarious ADJECTIVE
If your situation is precarious, you are not in complete control of events and might fail in what you are doing at any moment.
Our financial situation had become precarious.

Source

Definition of precarious from the Collins English Dictionary
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Life on the edge
The desire to push the boundaries has been a motivator in many a daring expedition, testing the human spirit and physical abilities to the utmost. Indulge your adventurous spirit by exploring some associated ‘extreme’ vocabulary. Will you have the survival skills to master our quiz?
Read more
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
Read more
Collins English Dictionary Apps
Download our English Dictionary apps - available for both iOS and Android.
Read more
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Read more
Word lists
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Read more
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.
Read more
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
Read more
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access