threat·​ened ˈthre-tᵊnd How to pronounce threatened (audio)
: having an uncertain chance of continued survival
a threatened species
specifically : likely to become an endangered species

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The following year, the bald eagle was removed from the list of threatened and endangered species. Dallas News, 16 Feb. 2022 When most animals feel threatened, their responses can be divided into two general categories: fight or flight. Charles Choi, Discover Magazine, 8 June 2018 For the next year, officials will review factors affecting the ghost orchid population to determine if the flower qualifies as a threatened or endangered species under federal law. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 21 Oct. 2022 The restored habitat will benefit threatened salmon, steelhead and lamprey. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2022 The scammer attempted to convince Trav to deposit money into a Bitcoin ATM in order to avoid threatened criminal prosecution. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 More than 10,000 homes and other structures remained threatened and evacuation orders were still in place. CBS News, 10 Sep. 2022 The conservancy is also building bat houses and considering reintroducing threatened and rare native animal species, such as northern red-bellied turtles, said Diana Ruiz, the Native Land Conservancy’s director. Philip Marcelo, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 The threatened list includes soaring coast redwoods, capacious American chestnuts, elegant black ash, and gnarled whitebark pine. Sarah Kaplan,, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of threatened was in 1960

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“Threatened.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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