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hazardous

[haz-er-duh s] /ˈhæz ər dəs/
adjective
1.
full of risk; perilous; risky:
a hazardous journey.
2.
dependent on chance.
Origin of hazardous
1570-1580
1570-80; hazard + -ous
Related forms
hazardously, adverb
hazardousness, noun
nonhazardous, adjective
nonhazardously, adverb
nonhazardousness, noun
ultrahazardous, adjective
unhazardous, adjective
unhazardously, adverb
Synonyms
1. dangerous, unsafe. 2. chancy, uncertain, risky, speculative.
Antonyms
1. safe, secure. 2. sure, certain, reliable.
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  • Now, I resent the romantic idea that marriage should be a hazardous mystery—at least to the woman.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Wherever he had elected to crouch and tremble, it was too hazardous to go near him.

  • Already there were many in the Turkish camp who thought the enterprise too hazardous to continue.

    Constantinople William Holden Hutton
  • I think, at present, the risk would be too hazardous, and so I wish you a good night.

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • Night-flying is one of the most hazardous duties of the aviator, the chief danger being in landing.

British Dictionary definitions for hazardous

hazardous

/ˈhæzədəs/
adjective
1.
involving great risk
2.
depending on chance
Derived Forms
hazardously, adverb
hazardousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hazardous
adj.

1580s, "venturesome;" 1610s, "perilous," from hazard (n.) + -ous or from Middle French hasardeux (16c.).

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