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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

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Other Words from adventurous

adventurously adverb
adventurousness noun

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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

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.

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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Recent Examples on the Web Less adventurous fest-goers, don't worry, there will also be mild tastes. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "2019's best fall festivals around Texas," 3 Sep. 2019 There are actually a ton of great products are REI for the less adventurous souls like hammocks, popular water bottles, and iconic pullovers. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 amazing deals you can get at REI's massive weekend sale," 23 Aug. 2019 The new 2021 model, though, which goes on sale next year, looks more like the civilized Discovery than the adventurous original. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "8 vehicles guaranteed to draw crowds, spark debates at LA auto show," 23 Nov. 2019 Born in Canada, Musk grew up mainly in South Africa, where her adventurous family searched for the fabled Lost City of the Kalahari in her father’s tiny plane. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maye Musk on Escaping Domestic Abuse and Raising Three Geniuses (Including Elon) on Her Own," 15 Nov. 2019 Interior The same sporty, adventurous style displayed on the exterior is also found in the interior. Houston Chronicle, "New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model announced for North American market," 15 Nov. 2019 In her final days, the St. Paul avant-garde film producer known for her nurturing spirit, adventurous curiosity and fearless encouragement of other artists, just wanted to be home. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "St. Paul avant-garde film producer Sally Dixon, known for nurturing support of artists, dies at 87," 11 Nov. 2019 Arizona is blessed with wineries every bit as good as its scenery, which lends to adventurous pursuits that include stops at a local winery or two. Scott Craven, azcentral, "5 Arizona outdoor adventures that end with a glass of wine in your hand," 8 Nov. 2019 An Army veteran, his adventurous nature took him across the US & overseas, including to his beloved Africa., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/6," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of adventurous was in the 15th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Adventurous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventurous

: not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things
: exciting or unusual
: full of danger and excitement


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

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