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 At the United Nations, after the Taliban announced its intent to destroy the statues, representatives of countries from around the world, Muslim and Christian alike, spoke of the Taliban’s intent as barbaric, and condemned the threatened vandalism. Washington Post, "The president didn’t threaten just Iran’s culture sites. He threatened culture.," 6 Jan. 2020 Created by the French philanthropic network Fondation de France, @bee_nfluencer is a whimsically creative way to increase awareness for threatened bee populations and raise money for the cause. Elizabeth Wolfe And Renee Valdes, CNN, "This bee 'influencer' is using Instagram to buzz about bee conservation," 3 Nov. 2019 In threatened miscarriages, 50% of the patients will go on to have a normal pregnancy and everything will be fine. Rachel Wells, Glamour, "What to Expect During a Miscarriage," 28 Oct. 2019 Hill said the confusion was over what was inside the threatened tanks — not the burning tanks. Matthias Gafni,, "NuStar blast: Arriving firefighters found locked gates, a fire suppression system that was not activated, officials say," 17 Oct. 2019 Put another way, roughly every fifth student in California was sent home in the 2018-19 school year at least once for a natural disaster day, a maintenance crisis day, a threatened school shooting day or some other emergency. Ricardo Cano, The Mercury News, "How megafires, guns and other crises are disrupting California schools," 21 Sep. 2019 Unlike law enforcement, a pro league can’t subpoena records, require that witnesses speak under oath or apply pressure on witnesses in the form of threatened charges. Michael Mccann,, "Could Rodions Kurucs' Arrest Lead to Immigration Implications for Nets Forward?," 4 Sep. 2019 The home of the threatened spring pygmy sunfish near the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant in Limestone County has been purchased by the Forever Wild Land Trust. Paul Gattis |, al, "Land Trust buys sunfish habitat near Mazda Toyota plant," 14 Dec. 2019 In the meantime, education programs in developing countries could help preserve the threatened herds, McLean says. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Chinese trade in hides has led to global donkey massacre," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of threatened

1960, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Threatened.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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