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Word: precarious

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


Sentences Containing 'precarious'

A common occurrence of shattered rock at the hanging wall of thrust faults reinforces the existence of the strong motions, but precarious rock data indicate smaller ground motion on the foot wall side of the fault. Foam rubber modelling studies confirm that the ground motion on the foot wall can be lower by a factor of up to five, and an example of this imbalance was displayed during the 7.6 Mw earthquake in Taiwan.
A field survey was conducted on both sides of the fault with the goal of evaluating the peak ground acceleration based on precarious rock formations and other indicators.
After moving from Detroit to Chicago, the duo cons the rich and beautiful divorce lawyer Grey Ellison into believing she backed her Mercedes into Bill, in hopes of a free meal. When Grey accidentally collides with Bill for real, she insists on putting the two up for the night, even over the objections of her snotty fiance Walker . After a confrontation with Bill exposing the truth of the con, Grey lets them stay for as long as they need to when she understands the precarious position the homeless pair are in.
Alexander II's assassination in 1881 rendered his position precarious, however.
As the Austro-Hungarian political and military situation became ever more precarious in the fall of 1918, Prince Alois expressed a realization of the coming end of the war and the monarchy, writing his family that " remaining duty is to preserve discipline and protect the new Austria."
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.
Despite this precarious situation, Forssell oversaw construction of the Benedito Calixto school which replaced the old, crumbling elementary school, then still in use.
During all his work for the French state, du Chatelet had never received payment and in 1640 in a precarious financial state his wife Martine wrote the "Restitution of Pluto" a Latin poem asking for payment and sent rather rashly to Cardinal Richelieu.
Following the Suez Crisis of 1956, Lennox-Boyd appears to have made the initial approach to writer Ian Fleming about the possibility Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden's using Fleming's Jamaican house, Goldeneye, for a rest cure given the precarious state of Eden's health.
For its part, the United States had clearly inherited Israel's role of shoring up the precarious Lebanese government.
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.
From 2008 to 2010, he was Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age' which took place 12 May - 1 August 2010.
He ended up in the tire barrier, unhurt, but with his car in a very precarious position.
He states that it is a precarious, delicate, subtle but founding isthmus.
He was the 741st person to receive this award. Later, the Germans were pushed back to the Ruhr and, after the war Blumentritt disagreed with the Allies′ strategy in the west, discussing the precarious nature of the German position with its meager one armoured division against the Allies′ 12, and he stated that had General Bernard Montgomery been unleashed earlier for a concentrated armoured assault (as he wished) rather than fighting on a broad front, "Such a breakthrough ... would have torn the weak German front to pieces and ended the war in the winter of 1944."
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.
His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one.
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.
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.
In his "Los Angeles Times" review of Savage's 1995 solo exhibition at the Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, critic David Pagel described the artist's works as "raw, incoherent, precarious and daring.
In the beginning of the fourteenth century the position of Jews became precarious throughout Spain as anti-Semitism increased.
It has been noted that the precarious financial status of those in poverty may preclude an extensive litigation process, despite the decision in Goldberg.
It was the nation's tragedy that political strategy, especially the one as precarious as the hope for foreign intervention, forced the troops to make exorbitant sacrifices in Shanghai and led almost to total annihilation.
Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian also recorded, in his "Journal", the sadness of seeing how, "after two wars and twenty books", the middle-aged Aderca was being sent away from the capital and being reduced to a precarious existence "as a reprisal." Sebastian added: "I read a letter he sent to his wife: no laments, almost no bitterness."
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.
McCartney likely sensed the precarious situation and sought to initiate projects for the group.
On its issue of Friday July 10, 2009, the investigative news program Documentos América, issued by the channel América TV, revealed a hidden camera which presented Oscar Más demanding money from parents of children, in exchange for providing the latest a precarious training and eventual admission to the lower divisions of River Plate.
On the foot wall side, many precarious and semi-precarious rock formations were observed and allowed for peak ground acceleration to be estimated at .5"g" (within a kilometer of the fault trace) while rock shattering and a lack of precarious rocks on the hanging wall side suggested a value near 1"g".
Quite precarious when you are a Bottersnike on a dreamed bridge and Smiggles is starting to doze.
Rocks are classified as precarious if their toppling accelerations are .3"g" or less and semi-precarious at .3 – .5"g".
Ruth Manorama (born 1952) is widely known in India for her contributions in bringing Dalit issues to the mainstream, especially the precarious situation of Dalit women in India.
Shackleton himself commanded the "James Caird", Worsley the "Dudley Docker", and navigating officer Hubert Hudson was nominally in charge of the "Stancomb Wills", though because of his precarious mental state the effective commander was Tom Crean.
The crop, too, at least in the hop and fruit garden, is more precarious.
The league's precarious situation was not helped by the fact that they had to compete with both the well-established National League (NL) and the newly formed yet highly popular Players' League.
The possession, even of such farmers, however, was long extremely precarious, and still is so in many parts of Europe.
The precarious Allied bases were poorly situated, which caused supply and shelter problems.
The precarious subsistence which the chace affords, could seldom allow a greater number to keep together for any considerable time.
The publication process was slow and precarious.
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.
The situation becomes more precarious as the cop's lieutenant tries to use the incident to get him kicked off the force.
The Trustees liked the idea in theory, but would not endorse a year round farm project largely for the reason that school and college farms had almost always posed a financial liability, and that farms in general in the precarious economy of 1933 were a liability.
The USBA tried to fan a stampede by calling individual track operators and citing the precarious position of the ABA with the publicly published court papers outlining the debts incurred by the ABA under Merl Mennenga.
This, combined with the popular anger generated by Doe's favoritism toward his native Krahn tribe, placed him in a very precarious position.
Until 1980, CHNB and CKNY aggressively competed with each other for advertising dollars, leaving both in a precarious financial position due to the North Bay market's relatively small size.
Were there nothing to bind them together, the inference would be entirely precarious.
What had he done to distinguish him from thousands of other struggling men earning a precarious livelihood?
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.
While other agencies may be trained to do similar, the very important distinction is the staff of the Ambulance Service also provide life saving medical intervention to those who are lost, trapped or in a precarious situation.

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