[ adjective ] affording no ease or reassurance
"a precarious truce"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
During this precarious period of development the mother should continue to influence the growth of the child 's conscience .(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)
Literal flatness now tends to assert itself as the main event of the picture , and the device boomerangs : the illusion of depth is rendered even more precarious than before .
[ adjective ] fraught with danger
"dangerous waters" "a parlous journey on stormy seas" "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat" "the precarious life of an undersea diver" "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"
Used in print(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
Can we continue to alienate precisely those whose gifts we so desperately need and apart from whose co-operation our mission in the world must become increasingly precarious ?
[ adjective ] dangerously insecure
"a precarious footing on the ladder"