un·​safe | \ ˌən-ˈsāf How to pronounce unsafe (audio) \
unsafer; unsafest

Definition of unsafe

: not safe: such as
a : able or likely to cause harm, damage, or loss water that is unsafe to drink unsafe driving habits unsafe levels of lead
b : not giving protection from danger, harm, or loss an unsafe vehicle unsafe working conditions
c : not protected from danger, harm, or loss feeling frightened and unsafe
d : likely to take risks : not careful unsafe drivers

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Examples of unsafe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This included hazardous work carrying heavy items or working on unsafe conditions. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The decision is a setback for thousands of U.S. residents who are temporarily protected from deportation because of unsafe conditions in their home countries and now want to remain permanently in the U.S. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 7 June 2021 This is not the first time the state hospital has faced scrutiny over unsafe conditions. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 The boat ramps at Lynn Creek, Loyd and Britton parks near Joe Pool Lake were closed Thursday until further notice because of unsafe flooding conditions. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 Gilchrist, the CoreCivic spokesperson, disputed all of the allegations of unsafe conditions at its facilities. The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 It’s the problems the pandemic has compounded: unaffordable child care, unsafe working conditions, low wages, in-person work requirements and the inconsistency of unemployment insurance. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 The Department of Justice says unsafe conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved in the two years since DOJ first notified the state of its findings and that inmate homicides have gone up from already high levels. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 20 May 2021 Teddy Roosevelt created commissions to study issues related to the regulation of the economy, the use of public lands and unsafe meatpacking industry conditions. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of unsafe

1597, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jun 2021

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“Unsafe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsafe. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsafe

: able or likely to cause harm, damage, or loss
: not giving protection from danger, harm, or loss
: not protected from danger, harm, or loss


un·​safe | \ ˌən-ˈsāf \

Kids Definition of unsafe

: exposed or exposing to danger People are unsafe on the streets. The bridge is unsafe for heavy trucks.

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