threat·​ened | \ ˈthre-tᵊnd How to pronounce threatened (audio) \

Definition of threatened

: having an uncertain chance of continued survival a threatened species specifically : likely to become an endangered species

Examples of threatened in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gray whales are far more abundant and less threatened than the right whales that are Mercer’s specialty. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2021 Gray whales are far more abundant and less threatened than the right whales that are Mercer’s specialty. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 The winds weren't expected to reach the ferocious speeds that helped the Dixie Fire explode in size last week but were nonetheless concerning for firefighters working in unprecedented conditions to protect thousands of threatened homes. CBS News, 9 Aug. 2021 Experts say the animals, which are generally sociable, spit only when they are stressed or feel threatened. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 The threatened action by the 12 Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee, which has oversight of the Treasury, could indefinitely hold up Senate approval of the two candidates nominated to lead the administration’s sanctions policy. Ian Talley, WSJ, 29 July 2021 These grants enable threatened groups to bolster security, along with enhancing preparedness, prevention and education. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021 More than 2,500 remain threatened, according to officials. oregonlive, 23 July 2021 The blaze has raced through 240 square miles, and 2,000 homes remained threatened, state fire officials said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of threatened

1960, in the meaning defined above

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20 Aug 2021

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“Threatened.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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