PRECARIOUS in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of PRECARIOUS
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 a.  uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability
Classic Sentence:
1  His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 20. The Cemetery of the Chateau D'If.
2  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.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 77. Haidee.
3  But his business was a precarious one; and, when he died, it all went to pieces and there was nothing left.
A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen
Context  Highlight   In ACT I
4  You may also tell him that the mother of Linton desired him to remain under my guardianship; and, at present, his health is very precarious.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XIX
5  The carriage plowed its way farther and halted for a moment to permit two ladies with baskets of bandages on their arms to pick precarious passages across the sloppy street on stepping stones.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VIII
6  As Scarlett thought of Suellen's secure future and the precarious one of herself and Tara, anger flamed in her at the unfairness of life.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXV
7  The situation of the inferior gentry, or Franklins, as they were called, who, by the law and spirit of the English constitution, were entitled to hold themselves independent of feudal tyranny, became now unusually precarious.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER I
8  Men of their precarious course of life change readily from the banquet to the battle; and, to Richard, the exchange seemed but a succession of pleasure.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLI
9  We were not allowed to converse for any length of time, for the precarious state of my health rendered every precaution necessary that could ensure tranquillity.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 21
10  You can't breathe dead hippo waking, sleeping, and eating, and at the same time keep your precarious grip on existence.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Context  Highlight   In II
11  There was in all this, as may have been observed, one personage concerned, of whom, notwithstanding his precarious position, we have appeared to take but very little notice.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 13 MONSIEUR BONACIEUX
12  She picked her way precariously across the stepping stones of the muddy street and walked forward until a sentry, his blue overcoat buttoned high against the wind, stopped her.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXIV
Example Sentence:
1  This year's Budget looks set to be a precarious high-wire act for the Chancellor.
2  He earned a precarious living as an artist.
3  Our financial situation had become precarious.
4  The lorry was lodged in a very precarious way, with its front wheels hanging over the cliff.
5  The museum is in a financially precarious position.
6  Washington struck me as a precarious place from which to publish such a cerebral newspaper.
7  But that is why NASA used test pilots, men used to handling life and death decisions in precarious situations and instantly making the right choice.
8  He was held in his precarious position by ice screw and rope.
9  She leaned precariously out of the window.