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safety

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noun safe·ty \ ˈsāf-tē \

Definition of safety

plural safeties
1 :the condition of being safe from undergoing or causing hurt, injury, or loss
2 :a device (as on a weapon or a machine) designed to prevent inadvertent or hazardous operation
3 a (1) :a situation in football in which a member of the offensive team is tackled behind its own goal line that counts two points for the defensive team — compare touchback
(2) :a member of a defensive backfield in football who occupies the deepest position in order to receive a kick, defend against a forward pass, or stop a ballcarrier
b :a billiard shot made with no attempt to score or so as to leave the balls in an unfavorable position for the opponent

Examples of safety in a Sentence

  1. The changes were made in the interest of public safety.

  2. He made some suggestions about how to improve airline safety.

  3. I'm worried about the safety of the people who were left behind.

  4. We were reluctant to leave the relative safety of our hotel.

  5. She was only a mile from the safety of her home when the accident occurred.

  6. The car has been redesigned for improved safety.

  7. The toys are inspected for safety.

  8. They were led to safety by the rescuers.

  9. The injured hiker was finally able to reach safety.

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Origin and Etymology of safety

Middle English saufte, from Anglo-French salveté, saufté, from salf safe

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safety

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Definition of safety

safetied; safetying
transitive verb
:to protect against failure, breakage, or accident
  • safety a rifle

Recent Examples of safety from the Web

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First Known Use of safety

1916



SAFETY Defined for English Language Learners

safety

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Definition of safety for English Language Learners

  • : freedom from harm or danger : the state of being safe

  • : the state of not being dangerous or harmful

  • : a place that is free from harm or danger : a safe place


SAFETY Defined for Kids

safety

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noun safe·ty \ ˈsāf-tē \

Definition of safety for Students

:freedom from danger or harm :the state of being safe


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