dangerous

adjective
dan·​ger·​ous | \ ˈdān-jə-rəs How to pronounce dangerous (audio) ; ˈdān-jərs, -zhrəs\

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

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Other Words from dangerous

dangerously adverb
dangerousness noun

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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

Examples of dangerous in a Sentence

She got into a car accident while driving through a dangerous intersection. He often drives at dangerous speeds. The city can be a dangerous place to live. The storms may cause dangerous flooding. He is wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon. the most dangerous of drugs
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The foundation cited concerns about Ndume’s health and officials said the transfer could be dangerous to his wellbeing. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Ndume, gorilla companion to Koko, returns to Cincinnati Zoo," 14 June 2019 Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy, especially when digital platforms control content. Robert Costa And Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Mercury News, "Pelosi hasn’t responded to Zuckerberg’s overtures after Facebook refused to take down fake video," 11 June 2019 Cassowaries are dangerous to each other, so the mating has to be planned carefully. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 While previous administrations tried to deal with economic and security threats separately, Mr. Trump has deliberately mixed the two, viewing another country’s trade practices as dangerous to the United States as its military abilities. New York Times, "Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights," 8 June 2019 Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy – especially when digital platforms control content. Casey Newton, The Verge, "With an antitrust case looming, Apple’s new login tool is tempting fate," 5 June 2019 Unwarranted, concentrated economic power in the hands of a few is dangerous to democracy – especially when digital platforms control content. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "'The era of self-regulation is over:' Congress launches antitrust probe into Google, Facebook," 3 June 2019 After weekend thunderstorms, water levels were high and the current was dangerous, Edwards said. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Search continues for missing swimmer in Cuyahoga River in Akron," 3 June 2019 In rural North Carolina, landowners seeking to end a federal program to reintroduce red wolves to the wild went door-to-door saying the animals were dangerous. Darryl Fears, The Denver Post, "Killing wolves was supposed to solve a problem but created issue with coyotes," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of dangerous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangerous

see danger entry 1

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

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dangerous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dangerous

: involving possible injury, harm, or death : characterized by danger
: able or likely to cause injury, pain, harm, etc.

dangerous

adjective
dan·​ger·​ous | \ ˈdān-jə-rəs How to pronounce dangerous (audio) , ˈdānj-rəs\

Kids Definition of dangerous

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

Other Words from dangerous

dangerously adverb

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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