accident-prone

adjective

ac·​ci·​dent-prone ˈak-sə-dənt-ˌprōn How to pronounce accident-prone (audio)
-ˌdent-,
ˈaks-dənt-
1
: having a greater than average number of accidents
2
: having personality traits that predispose to accidents

Examples of accident-prone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beverly Cleary's Ramona novels inspired this endearing family film starring a 10-year-old Joey King as the irrepressible and accident-prone Ramona, and Selena Gomez as her older sister Beatrice (a.k.a. Danny Horn, EW.com, 10 July 2024 In reality, even very good AI algorithms could potentially be more accident-prone than humans. Michael C. Horowitz, Foreign Affairs, 19 Apr. 2022 Among other things, the survey asked mothers whether their children were restless, hyperactive, impatient, clingy or accident-prone. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 28 May 2024 Best known for playing the selfless small-town girl Elena Gilbert (and her many doppelgängers) on The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev has admitted to being accident-prone in the past. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 21 May 2024 Advertisement Among other things, the survey asked mothers whether their children were restless, hyperactive, impatient, clingy or accident-prone. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 However, do take note: Be vigilant, because this is an accident-prone day for your kids. Georgia Nicols, The Denver Post, 17 Apr. 2024 That hasn’t worked out so well for accident-prone autonomous cars, or for reliably racist chatbots. Nick Rockel, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2024 Each are worthy techniques, but an at-home application is certainly more accident-prone. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accident-prone was in 1926

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“Accident-prone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accident-prone. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

accident-prone

adjective
1
: having a greater than average number of accidents
2
: having personality traits that predispose to accidents
accident-prone individuals

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