threat·​ened | \ˈthre-tᵊnd \

Definition of threatened 

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

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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 But the threatened impact was the same: elimination of fees paid by police, firefighters, teachers and other government workers who don't join the unions that represent them. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court deals major financial blow to nation's public employee unions," 27 June 2018 Some 3,000 people have been ordered evacuated from the most threatened neighborhood. CBS News, "Cop helping people flee California wildfire loses home in blaze," 25 June 2018 Braun will face Democrat Joe Donnelly — like Manchin, among the most threatened Senate incumbents. Cathleen Decker,, "West Virginia voters side with a safer Republican candidate in hotly contested U.S. Senate race," 9 May 2018 Reuters EU Retaliation If President Trump goes through with his threatened tariffs on auto imports from the EU, the Europeans may hit the U.S. with duties on up to $300 billion worth of products. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Hello AMLO, EU Retaliation, Stocks Stumble: CEO Daily for July 2, 2018," 2 July 2018 China warned the United States on Sunday that any deals the two countries reach on trade will be void if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead. NBC News, "China warns trade agreements at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs," 3 June 2018 After Marin, where the bayfront cities of San Rafael, Corte Madera and Larkspur face some of the greatest danger, San Mateo County counts the most threatened homes of any California county, about 4,100 by 2045, according to the report. Kurtis Alexander,, "Many coastal properties may be flooded out by 2045, climate report warns," 17 June 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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