Slippery

Slip"per*y

(?), a. [See Slipper, a.] 1. Having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; allowing or causing anything to slip or move smoothly, rapidly, and easily upon the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery.
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2. Not affording firm ground for confidence; as, a slippery promise.
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The slippery tops of human state.
Cowley.
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3. Not easily held; liable or apt to slip away.
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The slippery god will try to loose his hold.
Dryden.
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4. Liable to slip; not standing firm. Shak.
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5. Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle. "The slippery state of kings." Denham.
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6. Uncertain in effect. L'Estrange.
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7. Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals. Shak.
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Slippery elm. (Bot.) (a) An American tree (Ulmus fulva) with a mucilagenous and slightly aromatic inner bark which is sometimes used medicinally; also, the inner bark itself. (b) A malvaceous shrub (Fremontia Californica); -- so called on the Pacific coast.
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