unsafe

adjective

un·​safe ˌən-ˈsāf How to pronounce unsafe (audio)
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

Examples of unsafe in a Sentence

workers are forbidden from engaging in unsafe activities on company time people who have a record of being unsafe drivers usually have to pay higher insurance premiums
Recent Examples on the Web In 2023 alone, at least six construction workers died in Charlotte, five in high-profile cases where builders were cited for unsafe conditions that led to a scaffolding collapse and a historic fire. Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, 14 May 2024 But such an effort faces a significant barrier: fear of retribution for reporting unsafe conditions. Ashley Ward and Jordan Clark, STAT, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unsafe 

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsafe was in 1597

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“Unsafe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsafe. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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