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able or likely to harm or kill you [↪ harmful]:
laws about dangerous dogs
Some of these prisoners are extremely dangerous.
It's dangerous for a woman to walk alone at night.
The crumbling sidewalks are dangerous for old people.
The virus is probably not dangerous to humans.
The aircraft caught fire, a highly dangerous situation.
The powdered milk was not as good as breast milk, and was downright dangerous (=actually dangerous) when it was mixed with unclean water.
involving a lot of risk, or likely to cause problems [= risky]:
The business is in a dangerous financial position.
a politically dangerous strategy
a situation or subject that could make someone very angry or upset:
Teachers can be on dangerous ground if they discuss religion.
—dangerously adverb:WORD FOCUS: dangerous
people who drive dangerously
similar words: hazardous, risky, treacherous, perilous literary