threat·​ened ˈthre-tᵊnd How to pronounce threatened (audio)
: 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 The tunnel could also increase water exports from the Sacramento River when pumping from the south Delta is limited to protect threatened and endangered species, Nemeth said. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 16 May 2024 The coastal population must hold steady at 3,000 breeding adults for a decade before it can be upgraded from its threatened status. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 Getty Images/iStockphoto California has the second highest number listed, with nearly 300 endangered or threatened species. Grace Manthey, CBS News, 18 Apr. 2024 In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the list of threatened and endangered species. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Under the Endangered Species Act and the Sikes Act, the Department of Defense is legally obligated to protect the threatened and endangered species on its lands. Jen Guyton, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Some 131 endangered and threatened species live in and rely on the corridor for migration, genetic diversity, and more space from a fast-urbanizing state. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 11 Apr. 2024 State and federal officials said they were also hampered this winter in their ability to move water south through the system due to the presence of threatened and endangered fish species near pumping facilities in the south delta. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 Like Anna, other victims who didn’t comply with the group’s demands were derided, mocked, threatened, and extorted. Ali Winston, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of threatened was in 1960

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“Threatened.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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