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

Examples of unsafe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a statement, OSHA said an inspector observed unsafe conditions for workers of Lopez Roofing on May 11 as workers removed materials from the roof of a home in Sheboygan. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 29 July 2022 The nearly 23-mile trail race was initially set to be run on July 23, but unsafe conditions at a river crossing forced the race directors to postpone it. Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2022 The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is deploying a Rapid Response team to Cuyahoga County following cleveland.com’s reporting of unsafe conditions for youth and staff at the Jane Edna Hunter Social Services Center. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 July 2022 Workers on the Stone Barns farm alleged unsafe work conditions and overwork. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 7 July 2022 In June, a Rolling Stone story alleged that Miller has been housing a mother and her three young children at their Vermont farm amid unsafe living conditions, with unsecured guns scattered around the expansive property. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 1 July 2022 Without those pathways, migrants must rely on criminal organizations and smugglers to ferry them across the border, often in unsafe conditions similar to those that led to the mass deaths in San Antonio. New York Times, 1 July 2022 There are many harsh policies that have forced immigrants and asylum-seekers into such unsafe conditions. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 30 June 2022 Experts said the disaster points to recklessness by smugglers to transport migrants, even in unsafe conditions, to reap the most profit. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unsafe

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsafe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsafe. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unsafe


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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Nglish: Translation of unsafe for Spanish Speakers


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