precarious

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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin precārius (begged for, obtained by entreaty), from prex, precis (prayer). Compare French précaire, Portuguese precário, and Spanish and Italian precario.

AdjectiveEdit

precarious (comparative more precarious, superlative most precarious)

  1. (comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
  2. (law) Depending on the intention of another.
Usage notesEdit

Because the pre- element of precarious derives from prex and not the preposition prae, this term cannot — etymologically speaking — be written as *præcarious.

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Etymology 2Edit

pre- + carious

AdjectiveEdit

precarious (not comparable)

  1. (dentistry) Relating to incipient caries.