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[haz-er-duh s] /ˈhæz ər dəs/
full of risk; perilous; risky:
a hazardous journey.
dependent on chance.
Origin of hazardous
First recorded in 1570-80; hazard + -ous
Related forms
hazardously, adverb
hazardousness, noun
nonhazardous, adjective
nonhazardously, adverb
nonhazardousness, noun
ultrahazardous, adjective
unhazardous, adjective
unhazardously, adverb
1. dangerous, unsafe. 2. chancy, uncertain, risky, speculative.
1. safe, secure. 2. sure, certain, reliable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • Jack watched them with no little anxiety, for the expedition was a hazardous one.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • Already there were many in the Turkish camp who thought the enterprise too hazardous to continue.

    Constantinople William Holden Hutton
  • Yet the lad was in a hazardous situation, and to himself he did not disguise the fact.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Night-flying is one of the most hazardous duties of the aviator, the chief danger being in landing.

British Dictionary definitions for hazardous


involving great risk
depending on chance
Derived Forms
hazardously, adverb
hazardousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hazardous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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