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adventurous

[ad-ven-cher-uh s] /ædˈvɛn tʃər əs/
adjective
1.
inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
2.
full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous:
an adventurous undertaking.
Origin of adventurous
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French
Related forms
adventurously, adverb
adventurousness, noun
nonadventurous, adjective
nonadventurously, adverb
nonadventurousness, noun
unadventurous, adjective
unadventurously, adverb
unadventurousness, noun
Synonyms
1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome.
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  • He felt a prisoner, sitting safe and easy and unadventurous.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Sam claimed to be a very backward, cautious, unadventurous boy.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • He was not unadventurous in his scramblings, but with no ambition to get to the top of everything.

    The Life of John Ruskin

    W. G. Collingwood
  • "The Wimbushes and the Lapiths were always an unadventurous, respectable crew," said Priscilla, with a note of scorn in her voice.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • His intellect was inexhaustibly fertile of distinctions and objections; his temper calm and unadventurous.

  • By such means even the most incompetent and unadventurous and timid spirits may pass judgment upon all men.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
British Dictionary definitions for unadventurous

unadventurous

/ˌʌnədˈvɛntʃərəs/
adjective
1.
not daring or enterprising

adventurous

/ədˈvɛntʃərəs/
adjective
1.
Also adventuresome. daring or enterprising
2.
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Forms
adventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unadventurous

adventurous

adj.

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.).

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