unsafe

adjective un·safe \ ˌən-ˈsāf \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of unsafe

unsafer; unsafest
: 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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First Known Use of unsafe

1597


UNSAFE Defined for Kids

unsafe

adjective un·safe \ ˌən-ˈsāf \

Definition of unsafe for Students

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


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