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Definition of adventurous

1a : disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown an adventurous explorer
b : innovative an adventurous artistic style
2 : characterized by unknown dangers and risks an adventurous journey

Other Words from adventurous

adventurously adverb
adventurousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for adventurous

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence. adventurous pioneers venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings. venturesome stunt pilots daring implies fearlessness in courting danger. daring mountain climbers daredevil stresses ostentation in daring. daredevil motorcyclists rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought. a rash decision reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences. a reckless driver foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Examples of adventurous in a Sentence

The island attracts adventurous travelers. He is an adventurous cook who is always trying new recipes. Her design is an adventurous departure from what we usually see. They have an adventurous lifestyle.
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First Known Use of adventurous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adventurous

alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventurous "occurring by chance, daring, seeking new exploits," borrowed from Anglo-French, from aventure adventure entry 1 + -ous -ous

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“Adventurous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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ad·​ven·​tur·​ous | \ əd-ˈven-chə-rəs How to pronounce adventurous (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventurous

1 : ready to take risks or to deal with new or unexpected problems adventurous explorers
2 : dangerous sense 1, risky an adventurous voyage

Choose the Right Synonym for adventurous

adventurous, venturesome, and daring mean taking risks that are not necessary. adventurous is used for a person who goes in search of adventure in spite of the possible dangers. Adventurous youngsters went on a hike through the forest. venturesome is used of a person willing to take many chances. Venturesome explorers searched for lost treasure. daring is used when someone is fearless and willing to take unnecessary risks. Early pilots were especially daring.

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