adjectivearchaic or humorous
Full of danger or uncertainty; precarious: the parlous state of the economy
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- We come in day after day, lament the parlous state of the telecoms industry and resolve on a regular basis to get new means of employment.
- The railways emerged in a parlous state, in dire need of a major overhaul.
- That is not a high level of income, but when one considers a number of other issues one finds that it is becoming even more difficult and parlous for people to live on it.
adverbarchaic Back to top
late Middle English: contraction of perilous.
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- In my submission, it is significant, because this document demonstrates that in practical terms this venture was in the same state of parlousness as was the venture considered in Jekos.