dangerous

adjective dan·ger·ous \ ˈdān-jə-rəs ; ˈdān-jərs , -zhrəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dangerous

1 :involving possible injury, pain, harm, or loss :characterized by danger
  • a dangerous job
2 :able or likely to inflict injury or harm
  • a dangerous man

dangerously

adverb

dangerousness

noun

Examples of dangerous in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of dangerous

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


DANGEROUS Defined for English Language Learners

dangerous

adjective

Definition of dangerous for English Language Learners

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

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


DANGEROUS Defined for Kids

dangerous

adjective dan·ger·ous \ ˈdān-jə-rəs , ˈdānj-rəs \

Definition of dangerous for Students

1 :involving possible harm or death :full of danger
  • dangerous work
2 :able or likely to injure
  • A chain saw is a dangerous tool.

dangerously

adverb

Law Dictionary

dangerous

adjective dan·ger·ous

legal Definition of dangerous

1 :creating a risk of bodily injury
  • a dangerous condition of a public building
2 :able or likely to inflict especially serious bodily injury
  • a dangerous criminal with no regard for human life
  • a dangerous animal
; also :deadly
3 :likely to engage in repeated criminal activity
  • a dangerous offender
Note: The activity that an offender is likely to engage in need not involve violence in order for the offender to be deemed dangerous.


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