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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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  • When the balance hangs in doubt between the adventurousness of vanity and the frigidity of fear, ever incline to the latter side.

    Four Early Pamphlets William Godwin
  • He is a little too effusive, a little too self-conscious in his adventurousness.

  • While his adventurousness was conquest, hers, it was only too manifest, was brigandage.

  • I knew it from her insecure temperament, her adventurousness, her needs.

  • What has not man effected by the boldness of his conceptions and the adventurousness of his spirit?

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • You know less of the adventurousness of love than I should have suspected.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Fletcher was a bold and skilful swimmer, and on at least two occasions his adventurousness nearly cost him his life.

    Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald
  • His one defect was his want of a boy's adventurousness, and his disinclination to out-door sports and exercises.

  • Many of the trade-routes surprise us by the length and adventurousness of their course.

  • The goldfield cyclist, however, is a reckless individual, and rarely counts the cost of his adventurousness.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for adventurousness


Also adventuresome. daring or enterprising
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Forms
adventurously, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adventurousness



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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