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Precarious vs. Unstable — What's the Difference?

Precarious vs. Unstable — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Precarious and Unstable

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Precarious

Dangerously lacking in security or stability
A precarious posture.
Precarious footing on the ladder.
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Unstable

Likely to give way; not stable
The unstable cliff tops
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Precarious

Subject to chance or unknown conditions
"His kingdom was still precarious.
The Danes far from subdued" (Christopher Brooke).
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Unstable

Tending strongly to change
Unstable weather.
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Precarious

Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises
A precarious solution to a difficult problem.
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Unstable

Not constant; fluctuating
Unstable vital signs.
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Precarious

(Archaic) Dependent on the will or favor of another.
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Unstable

Wavering or fickle
At first, he was unstable in his decisions.
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Precarious

(comparable) Dangerously insecure or unstable; perilous.
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Unstable

Showing or marked by erratic or volatile emotions or behavior.
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Precarious

(legal) Depending on the intention of another.
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Unstable

Not firmly placed; unsteady
An unstable ladder.
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Precarious

(dentistry) Relating to incipient caries.
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Unstable

Decomposing readily.
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Precarious

Depending on the will or pleasure of another; held by courtesy; liable to be changed or lost at the pleasure of another; as, precarious privileges.
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Unstable

Highly or violently reactive.
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Precarious

Held by a doubtful tenure; depending on unknown causes or events; exposed to constant risk; not to be depended on for certainty or stability; uncertain; as, a precarious state of health; precarious fortunes.
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Unstable

Decaying with relatively short lifetime. Used of subatomic particles.
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Precarious

Affording no ease or reassurance;
A precarious truce
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Unstable

Radioactive.
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Precarious

Fraught with danger;
Dangerous waters
A parlous journey on stormy seas
A perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat
The precarious life of an undersea diver
Dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery
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Unstable

Not stable.
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Precarious

Dangerously insecure;
A precarious footing on the ladder
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Unstable

Having a strong tendency to change.
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Precarious

Not secure; beset with difficulties;
A shaky marriage
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Unstable

Fluctuating; not constant.
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Unstable

Fickle.
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Unstable

Unpredictable.
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Unstable

(chemistry) Readily decomposable.
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Unstable

(physics) Radioactive, especially with a short half-life.
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Unstable

(transitive) To release (an animal) from a stable.
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Unstable

Not stable; not firm, fixed, or constant; subject to change or overthrow.
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Unstable

Lacking stability or fixity or firmness;
Unstable political conditions
The tower proved to be unstable in the high wind
An unstable world economy
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Unstable

Highly or violently reactive;
Sensitive and highly unstable compounds
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Unstable

Affording no ease or reassurance;
A precarious truce
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Unstable

Suffering from severe mental illness;
Of unsound mind
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Unstable

Disposed to psychological variability;
His rather unstable religious convictions
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Unstable

Subject to change; variable;
A fluid situation fraught with uncertainty
Everything was unstable following the coup
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