One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Roman Law and Scottish Law (now historical). A loan granted on request but revocable whenever the lender wishes.
2Medieval History. A grant of land for life in return for military services.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in James Dalrymple. From classical Latin precārium a thing granted or lent upon request at the will and pleasure of the grantor, property held during the pleasure of the superior, use as noun of neuter of precārius, adjective.
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