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PRECARIOUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 267 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PRECARIOUS, literally, held on the goad-will of another, or on entreaty (Lat. prex, precis, prayer) to another. The word is used, in law, of a tenure of land, office, &c., held at the pleasure of another. In general usage it has the significance of something uncertain, dangerous or risky.
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