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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The shortages are especially dangerous for infants who require specialty formulas due to food allergies, digestive problems and other conditions. Matthew Perrone And Heather Hollingsworth, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 Indeed, the number of possible suspects demonstrates just how dangerous the situation was for Jews in the Netherlands. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 The pair should be considered dangerous and may be armed with weapons including an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun, the US Marshals Service said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 9 May 2022 The couple should be considered dangerous and are believed to be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun, the Marshals Service said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 The journeys to flee their countries can also be especially dangerous for LGBTQ migrants. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 The pair should be considered dangerous and could possibly be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun, according to officials. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 6 May 2022 Marshals say the two should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 5 May 2022 Inmate Casey White, 38, and Lauderdale County Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56 -- who are not related -- should be considered dangerous, the U.S. Marshals Service warned. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dangerous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangerous

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14 May 2022

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“Dangerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dangerous. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dangerous

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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