Definition of precariously in English:

precariously

adverb

  • 1In a way that is not securely in position and is likely to fall or collapse.

    ‘the homes hung precariously over the edge of a huge crevice’
    ‘precariously stacked towers of blocks’
    • ‘The stage resembled an oblong squash court with seating perched precariously on scaffolding above the set.’
    • ‘These works portray a San Francisco of exaggerated hills, where buildings cling precariously to steeply sloping cliffs.’
    • ‘The form as a whole thrusts out from the neat pedestal on which it precariously rests.’
    • ‘Entire clusters of painted wood strips were raised off the ground by a pair of precariously positioned folding tables.’
    • ‘In the first of many gripping scenes, a horrendous accident leaves all three hanging precariously by one rope.’
    • ‘They sit precariously on top of one another on a square of unpainted plywood around which are scattered little metal balls of varying sizes.’
    • ‘Iceland sits precariously atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a vast undersea mountain range whose subsurface volcanoes account for much of the country's tumultuous terrain.’
    • ‘They propel themselves forward without toppling the wine bottles perched precariously on their hats.’
    • ‘The smaller stage was covered with equipment—too many guitars to number, a series of keyboards, pedals, and a precariously perched laptop.’
    • ‘The painting depicts two naked figures balancing precariously on a fish-filled wooden boat.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that is uncertain or dependent on chance.
      ‘a country poised precariously between economic boom and social catastrophe’
      ‘the team clung precariously to their lead’
      • ‘The professor and his wife find their union precariously balanced between life and death.’
      • ‘Even if programmatically attractive, this is a precariously fragile hypothesis.’
      • ‘The associations she infers are numerous—and precariously contradictory.’
      • ‘Its economy is precariously dependent upon foreign trade, and foreign trade is an immediate casualty of war.’
      • ‘In a culture like theirs, so precariously balanced between nature and culture, such reactionary Calvinist rhetoric seems odd.’
      • ‘They were always careful not to saw away the branch upon which their own livelihood was precariously, if tenaciously, hanging.’
      • ‘On the basis of this analysis, it would seem that the answer lies precariously between the last two possibilities.’
      • ‘His performance here finds him teetering precariously between majesty and ludicrousness.’
      • ‘Labour backbenchers precariously hanging on to marginal seats began to stir.’
      • ‘It gives the band an ability to loose the reigns and do something that precariously walks the line between excitement and embarrassment.’

Pronunciation

precariously

/prɪˈkɛːrɪəsli/