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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William, who had seen firsthand how dangerous this kind of attention could be, insisted that the Palace set up a hotline for Kate to give her as much support as possible. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Made the Palace Set Up a Support Hotline for Kate Middleton When They Were Dating," 11 May 2019 Batteries and small high-powered magnets often marketed as desk toys for adults are among the most dangerous objects. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits," 12 Apr. 2019 In 2018, a Thomson Reuters survey placed the United States as the 10th most dangerous place in the world for women, the only western country on that list. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "Why Candice Russell Had No Choice But Take Her Case to the Media," 2 Apr. 2019 The most dangerous domestic problem facing America’s federal government is the rapid growth of its budget deficit and national debt. Martin Feldstein, WSJ, "The Debt Crisis Is Coming Soon," 20 Mar. 2019 The role is no doubt dangerous, but some viewers didn't give Bran much credit for his work. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Are Dragging Bran for Not Participating in the Battle of Winterfell on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 For years, Camden topped the FBI’s list of the 10 most dangerous places in America, and the community has lost many men to drugs and crime. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 Buda Mendes/Getty Images Centrist political leadership, which broadly governed world affairs for the last seven decades, is collapsing around the world — and potentially dangerous fringe movements are taking its place. Alex Ward, Vox, "“A collapse of the center”: why fringe movements are winning around the world," 29 Oct. 2018 Let’s be frank: A dangerous movement, undetected by many but real, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "Sessions: US culture ‘less hospitable to people of faith’," 30 July 2018

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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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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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