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safe

[seyf] /seɪf/
adjective, safer, safest.
1.
secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk:
a safe place.
2.
free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk:
to arrive safe and sound.
3.
involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.:
a safe estimate.
4.
dependable or trustworthy:
a safe guide.
5.
careful to avoid danger or controversy:
a safe player; a safe play.
6.
denied the chance to do harm; in secure custody:
a criminal safe in jail.
7.
Baseball.
  1. reaching base without being put out:
    safe on the throw to first base.
  2. making it possible to reach a base:
    a safe slide.
adverb
8.
Informal. in a safe manner; safely:
Learn how to drive safe.
See Grammar note at adverb.
noun
9.
a steel or iron box or repository for money, jewels, papers, etc.
10.
any receptacle or structure for the storage or preservation of articles:
a meat safe.
11.
  1. a pan for catching leakage.
  2. template (def 7).
12.
Slang. a condom.
Idioms
13.
play it safe. play (def 85).
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; (adj.) Middle English sauf, saf < Anglo-French saf, Old French sauf < Latin salvus intact, whole; (noun) late Middle English save, orig. derivative of save1, assimilated to the adj.; cf. salvation
Related forms
safely, adverb
safeness, noun
quasi-safe, adjective
quasi-safely, adverb
supersafe, adjective
supersafely, adverb
supersafeness, noun
ultrasafe, adjective
unsafe, adjective
unsafely, adverb
unsafeness, noun
Synonyms
1. protected, sound, guarded. Safe, secure may both imply that something can be regarded as free from danger. These words are frequently interchangeable. Safe, however, is applied rather to a person or thing that is out of or has passed beyond the reach of danger: The ship is safe in port. Secure is applied to that about which there is no need to fear or worry: to feel secure about the future; The foundation of the house does not seem very secure. 4. sure, reliable. 5. wary, careful. 8. strongbox, coffer, chest, safe-deposit box.
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Examples from the web for unsafe
  • In the eighteenth century it was, broadly speaking, safe to generalise and unsafe to particularise.
  • They use regular airlines, so they're as safe or unsafe as regular airlines are.
  • Our unions are often the final barrier against unsafe roads and hospitals, ersatz education and filth in our food.
  • Most of them are in share situations, and some are in really unsafe areas.
  • But answers that require only a little personal knowledge to guess should also be considered unsafe, the researchers warn.
  • Claiming that the long-standing mud-brick structures are unsafe, officials clear space for high-rises.
  • In the past the agency has refused access to the tomb on the grounds that the boat to cross its moat is too old and unsafe.
  • Since recycling polystyrene is difficult and reusing it is unsafe, the best option is to use less plastic cutlery.
  • They get sick because the fish that live in polluted water are unsafe to eat.
  • Their waters became unsafe for drinking, swimming, and other uses.
British Dictionary definitions for unsafe

unsafe

/ʌnˈseɪf/
adjective
1.
not safe; perilous
2.
(of a criminal conviction) based on inadequate or false evidence

safe

/seɪf/
adjective
1.
affording security or protection from harm: a safe place
2.
(postpositive) free from danger: you'll be safe here
3.
secure from risk; certain; sound: a safe investment, a safe bet
4.
worthy of trust; prudent: a safe companion
5.
tending to avoid controversy or risk: a safe player
6.
unable to do harm; not dangerous: a criminal safe behind bars, water safe to drink
7.
(Brit, informal) excellent
8.
on the safe side, as a precaution
adverb
9.
in a safe condition: the children are safe in bed now
10.
play safe, to act in a way least likely to cause danger, controversy, or defeat
noun
11.
a strong container, usually of metal and provided with a secure lock, for storing money or valuables
12.
a small ventilated cupboard-like container for storing food
13.
(US & Canadian) a slang word for condom
Derived Forms
safely, adverb
safeness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French salf, from Latin salvus; related to Latin salus safety
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Word Origin and History for unsafe
adj.

1590s, "involving risk or danger," from un- (1) "not" + safe (adj.).

safe

adj.

c.1300, "unscathed, unhurt, uninjured; free from danger or molestation, in safety, secure; saved spiritually, redeemed, not damned;" from Old French sauf "protected, watched-over; assured of salvation," from Latin salvus "uninjured, in good health, safe," related to salus "good health," saluber "healthful," all from PIE *solwos from root *sol- "whole" (cf. Latin solidus "solid," Sanskrit sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," Old Persian haruva-, Greek holos "whole").

As a quasi-preposition from c.1300, on model of French and Latin cognates. From late 14c. as "rescued, delivered; protected; left alive, unkilled." Meaning "not exposed to danger" (of places) is attested from late 14c.; of actions, etc., "free from risk," first recorded 1580s. Meaning "sure, reliable, not a danger" is from c.1600. Sense of "conservative, cautious" is from 1823. Paired alliteratively with sound (adj.) from late 14c. The noun safe-conduct (late 13c.) is from Old French sauf-conduit (13c.).

n.

"chest for keeping food or valuables," early 15c., save, from Middle French en sauf "in safety," from sauf (see safe (adj.)). Spelling with -f- first recorded 1680s, from influence of safe (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for unsafe

safe

n,n phr

A condom; french letter, rubber (1897+)


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Related Abbreviations for unsafe

SAFE

  1. simulation analysis of financial exposure
  2. Smokefree Air for Everyone
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