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

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Any sea lion found past mile 112 of the Columbia—near a bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver, Washington—and in any tributary with spawning habitat for threatened fish can be removed. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Republican lawmakers warned the White House this week not to go ahead with threatened tariffs against Mexico. NBC News, "Trump faces bipartisan pushback over arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE," 5 June 2019 Brown-Forman estimated the annual cost of retaliatory tariffs at about $125 million – and stopped short of predicting how threatened tariffs by Mexico might slash revenues in the next year. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman estimates $125 million in retaliatory tariffs for the year," 5 June 2019 David Blaine wouldn’t feel threatened, but seeing even this old-school hocus-pocus up close was dazzling all the same. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Secret Passageway Into the World’s Most Exclusive Magic Club," 19 Dec. 2018 In 1944, the threatened destruction of The Witch House became the catalyst that launched a new wave of restoration in Salem. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Live In A Replica Of The Salem Witch House," 31 Oct. 2018 To deal with such situations, the Air Force has special security teams trained to fly in by helicopter and secure a threatened missile site. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants Helicopters to Help Defend Nuclear Missiles," 10 Aug. 2018 The craze for witchery displays an encouragingly wide understanding that for social change to happen someone has to feel threatened. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 On some versions of the big Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, the threatened tariff increase could translate into more than $25,000 in higher costs for buyers. NBC News, "U.S.-China trade tussle puts automakers in crosshairs," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of threatened

1960, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of threatened was in 1960

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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