threatened

adjective
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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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 The amphibians, also commonly called Cane or Marine toads, emit a toxic milky substance when they are handled and/or feel threatened. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Florida Veterinarians are Warning Pet Owners About This Deadly Toad," 8 Sep. 2015 Sixteen structures have been destroyed, three have been damaged, and 96 remain threatened. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Northern California wildfire update, map: Klamathon Fire destroys 81 structures," 9 July 2018 The threatened plant closure made Heinz ketchup a target of consumers even before the trade spat. The Economist, "To resist Trump, Canadians try local ketchup," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of threatened

1960, in the meaning defined above

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