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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Recent Examples on the Web But some critics argue the new legislation won't help women who are most vulnerable and could make abusive situations even more dangerous for pregnant women. Sophia Eppolito, USA TODAY, "Utah dads will be required to pay half of pregnancy costs under new law," 5 Apr. 2021 The new variants are far more dangerous than before. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Nursing home residents beg to go outside after receiving vaccination and spending more than a year indoors," 5 Apr. 2021 But some critics argue the new legislation won’t help women who are most vulnerable and could make abusive situations even more dangerous for pregnant women. chicagotribune.com, "Utah dads to be required to pay half of pregnancy costs," 5 Apr. 2021 Vaccines are effective against the more dangerous variants, such as B.1.1.7. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "New Ohio order: No capacity limit on outdoor events; Masks, social distancing still required," 5 Apr. 2021 The new variants are far more dangerous than before. Rob Gillies, Detroit Free Press, "Ontario imposes provincewide restrictions amid third COVID-19 wave," 3 Apr. 2021 But remember, the COVID-19 is more dangerous than the flu. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "We fought the coronavirus and nearly defeated the flu. So what happens next year?," 2 Apr. 2021 With new and more dangerous COVID variants emerging, the nation is in a race to vaccinate faster than the new strains can spread. Editorial Board, Star Tribune, "Vaccine equity is a life-or-death issue in Minnesota," 2 Apr. 2021 From the periphery of the heroin and opioid crisis, garnering the national spotlight, meth has quietly resurged more dangerous than ever. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "A deadly trick: Mexican cartels sneak meth into US in candles shaped like penises, pharaohs," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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“Dangerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dangerous. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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