un·​safe | \ˌən-ˈsāf \
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

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As detailed by one Medium user, Amber Enderton, Wheaton’s past behavior has led some to feel uncomfortable or unsafe in his presence. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either," 31 Aug. 2018 In its annual 2018 Global Law and Order Index, Gallup found that Venezuelans distrusted their police, felt unsafe walking at night and had been robbed or assaulted at an alarming rate compared to the rest of the world. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Is Venezuela the world's most dangerous country? Its residents think so," 7 June 2018 However, structural inspectors for Pompano Beach determined the restaurant is unsafe and have ordered it closed until it is repaired and inspected, King said. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Gas explosion burns worker, damages restaurant," 6 June 2018 Most intriguingly: Morgan Jones (Lennie James), turning his back on the Alexandria Safe-Zone in favor of an unsafe and uncertain future on the other side of the country. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fear the Walking Dead': Where Everyone Left Off and What's Next (After the Big Crossover)," 8 Apr. 2018 The Ukrainian Future Credit Union has been placed under regulatory oversight due to unsafe and unsound practices. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Regulators take over Warren-based Ukrainian Future Credit Union due to unsafe practices," 24 Feb. 2018 Road accidents are common in Peru, where many highways are considered unsafe and bus drivers lack training. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Golf cart driver takes a tumble, Friendswood police say," 23 Feb. 2018 Certainly no one deserves harassment or threats, but the idea that the conversation around #MeToo has become prohibitively unsafe for skeptics is not borne out by the evidence. Anna North, Vox, "The controversy around Katie Roiphe’s Harper’s essay on #MeToo, explained," 20 Apr. 2018 According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2007-2017 Youth Behavior Survey Data Summary and Trends Report, LGBT youth are more at risk of being bullied or feeling unsafe at school than heterosexual teens. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsafe

1597, in the meaning defined above

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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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