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Word: precarious

Definition: unsafe; lacking in stability; uncertain; risky; Ex. precarious living


Sentences Containing 'precarious'

made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow; the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation, and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground.
His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one.
Hence that immense fortune, which, in Lord Wilmore's opinion, possibly amounted to one or two millions per annum, a precarious fortune, which might be momentarily lost by the failure of the mine.
Fortune is precarious; and if I were a woman and fate had made me a banker's wife, whatever might be my confidence in my husband's good fortune, still in speculation you know there is great risk.
I remember well that the slaves, convinced of the precarious tenure on which they held their lives, passed whole days and nights in praying, crying, and groaning.
What he earns, therefore, while he is employed, must not only maintain him while he is idle, but make him some compensation for those anxious and desponding moments which the thought of so precarious a situation must sometimes occasion.
The crop, too, at least in the hop and fruit garden, is more precarious.
The possession, even of such farmers, however, was long extremely precarious, and still is so in many parts of Europe.
By suiting, besides, to one particular market only, so great a part of the industry and commerce of Great Britain, it has rendered the whole state of that industry and commerce more precarious and less secure, than if their produce had been accommodated to a greater variety of markets.
The precarious subsistence which the chace affords, could seldom allow a greater number to keep together for any considerable time.
The revolutions which the turbulence of the Greek clergy was continually occasioning at Constantinople, as long as the eastern empire subsisted; the convulsions which, during the course of several centuries, the turbulence of the Roman clergy was continually occasioning in every part of Europe, sufficiently demonstrate how precarious and insecure must always be the situation of the sovereign, who has no proper means of influencing the clergy of the established and governing religion of his country.
If they held them by a more precarious tenure, and were liable to be turned out upon every slight disobligation either of the sovereign or of his ministers, it would perhaps be impossible for them to maintain their authority with the people, who would then consider them as mercenary dependents upon the court, in the sincerity of whose instructions they could no longer have any confidence.
What had he done to distinguish him from thousands of other struggling men earning a precarious livelihood?
Were there nothing to bind them together, the inference would be entirely precarious.

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