adjective Date: 15th century 1. exposing to or involving danger <
a dangerous job
2. able or likely to inflict injury or harm <
a dangerous man
dangerously adverbdangerousness noun Synonyms: dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully <
soldiers on a dangerous mission
. hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure <
claims that smoking is hazardous to your health
. precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty <
earned a precarious living by gambling
. perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger <
perilous mountain roads
. risky often applies to a known and accepted danger <
shied away from risky investments

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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