adjective dan·ger·ous \ˈdān-jə-rəs; ˈdān-jərs, -zhrəs\

: involving possible injury, harm, or death : characterized by danger

: able or likely to cause injury, pain, harm, etc.

Full Definition of DANGEROUS

:  exposing to or involving danger <a dangerous job>
:  able or likely to inflict injury or harm <a dangerous man>
dan·ger·ous·ly adverb
dan·ger·ous·ness noun

Examples of DANGEROUS

  1. She got into a car accident while driving through a dangerous intersection.
  2. He often drives at dangerous speeds.
  3. The city can be a dangerous place to live.
  4. The storms may cause dangerous flooding.
  5. He is wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon.
  6. the most dangerous of drugs

First Known Use of DANGEROUS

15th century

Synonym Discussion of DANGEROUS

dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully <soldiers on a dangerous mission>. hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure <claims that smoking is hazardous to your health>. precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty <earned a precarious living by gambling>. perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger <perilous mountain roads>. risky often applies to a known and accepted danger <shied away from risky investments>.


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