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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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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for unadventurous


  1. not daring or enterprising
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  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 unadventurous



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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