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
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
Origin and Etymology of dangerous
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of dangerous
DANGEROUS Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.
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
Additional Notes on dangerous
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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