(adjective) full of danger or uncertainty; precarious
given the bank's parlous state
the "parlous state" of German unions
If the Revolution had not been in such a parlous condition at the time, Kun would have had to face questioning about two other crimes.
the vast German market was flooded with the output of English factories, conveniently drawing scarce capital into the outlet of public debt, thereby relieving the parlous finances of a government resisting parliamentary control of the budget
But the country’s armed forces, albeit somewhat modernised since 1904, are still in a parlous state.
similarly parlous risk