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[ad-ven-cher-uh s] /ædˈvɛn tʃər əs/
inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous:
an adventurous undertaking.
Origin of adventurous
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French
Related forms
adventurously, adverb
adventurousness, noun
nonadventurous, adjective
nonadventurously, adverb
nonadventurousness, noun
unadventurous, adjective
unadventurously, adverb
unadventurousness, noun
1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome. Unabridged
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  • He was in fact one of the most adventurous buyers anywhere in the world.
  • One of the most adventurous things I've done over the last few years is start a couple of magazines.
  • Here's to adventurous scientists, and to many more wonderful discoveries.
  • It is safe to predict that none of these films will be artistically adventurous.
  • On the second day the team got more adventurous.
  • The enthusiasm of my adventurous comrades was starting to infect even me.
  • This should not be scary, it is a simple and adventurous decision to be made.
  • These kids totally evoke that spirit… curious, adventurous, intelligent.
  • After the eclipse happens, check back for images of the eclipse taken by adventurous souls who viewed it firsthand.
  • The freedom to roam nourished our adventurous spirit.
British Dictionary definitions for adventurous


Also adventuresome. daring or enterprising
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Forms
adventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adventurous

mid-14c., "hazardous" (also "occurring by chance," late 14c.), from Old French aventuros "chance, accidental, fortuitous;" of persons, "devoted to adventure" (Modern French aventureux), from aventure (see adventure (n.)). Sense evolution is through "rash, risk-taking" (c.1400), "daring, fond of adventure" (mid-15c.).

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