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[ad-ven-cher-uh s]
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  1. inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
  2. full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous: an adventurous undertaking.
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Origin of adventurous

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French
Related formsad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbad·ven·tur·ous·ness, nounnon·ad·ven·tur·ous, adjectivenon·ad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbnon·ad·ven·tur·ous·ness, nounun·ad·ven·tur·ous, adjectiveun·ad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbun·ad·ven·tur·ous·ness, noun


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1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome.
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Examples from the Web for adventurousness

Historical Examples

  • He is a little too effusive, a little too self-conscious in his adventurousness.

    The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920


  • What has not man effected by the boldness of his conceptions and the adventurousness of his spirit?

    Thoughts on Man

    William Godwin

  • While his adventurousness was conquest, hers, it was only too manifest, was brigandage.

  • I knew it from her insecure temperament, her adventurousness, her needs.

  • You know less of the adventurousness of love than I should have suspected.

    Edgar Huntley

    Charles Brockden Brown

British Dictionary definitions for adventurousness


  1. Also: adventuresome daring or enterprising
  2. dangerous; involving risk
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Derived Formsadventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adventurousness



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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