adventurous

adventurous
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown <
an adventurous explorer
>
b. innovative <
an adventurous artistic style
>
2. characterized by unknown dangers and risks <
an adventurous journey
>
adventurously adverbadventurousness noun Synonyms: adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence <
adventurous pioneers
>
. venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings <
venturesome stunt pilots
>
. daring heightens the implication of fearlessness in courting danger <
daring mountain climbers
>
. daredevil stresses ostentation in daring <
daredevil motorcyclists
>
. rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought <
a rash decision
>
. reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences <
a reckless driver
>
. foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense <
only a foolhardy sailor would venture into this storm
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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