The cops rightly sensed the precariousness of the situation.
In doing so, it highlights the precariousness of sudden surges.
Its precariousness had been beguiled by the uncommon forbearance with which she was treated by her savage protector.
If I needed anything to perfect the precariousness of my steering, it was just that.
In all hypotheses as to the more remote destiny of literature, we can but be struck by the precariousness of its existence.
Consider for a moment the precariousness of the life of an insect!
As much perhaps from the precariousness of their situation as from a reckless daring, they could not brook the least delay.
He felt, with a sense of great weakness, the precariousness of his job.
A flash of lightning revealed the precariousness of the situation.
The new ruler was aware of the precariousness of his position.
1640s, a legal word, "held through the favor of another," from Latin precarius "obtained by asking or praying," from prex (genitive precis) "entreaty, prayer" (see pray). Notion of "dependent on the will of another" led to extended sense "risky, dangerous, uncertain" (1680s). "No word is more unskillfully used than this with its derivatives. It is used for uncertain in all its senses; but it only means uncertain, as dependent on others ..." [Johnson]. Related: Precariously; precariousness.