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1. Involving or filled with danger; perilous.
2. Being able or likely to do harm.

dan′ger·ous·ly adv.
dan′ger·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dangerousness - the quality of not being safe
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
precariousness - extreme dangerousness
safeness - the quality of being safe
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Initially, future dangerousness predictions were based on mostly wrong and mostly unchallenged notions of heredity (14) and acted upon mostly in such "preventive" measures as mass sterilizations, (15) indeterminate sentencing, and ethnically biased immigration laws.
However, recidivism will be only one factor among many that the court will take into account in assessing the current dangerousness of an acquittee and her suitability for release.
She does a great job of humanizing a character that's a little too comically written, and he brings just the right shades of pathetic dangerousness to a redneck loser who may have just a little more potential in him.
After a defendant was determined to be incompetent to stand trial and was committed to the Attorney General for treatment, the government moved for an order directing the facility director to evaluate the defendant for future dangerousness.
Using data from the MacArthur Mental Health Module contained in the 1996 General Social Survey (N = 1,444), the authors examined the impact of political ideology, attributions about the cause of mental illness, and perceptions of dangerousness in determining public support for legally mandated mental health treatment.
Civil commitment does not require dangerousness to others; dangerousness to oneself will do.
Combat deaths are seen as a measure of the magnitude and dangerousness of war, just as murder rates are seen as a measure of the magnitude and dangerousness of violence in our communities.
Standing naked against a wintry landscape, the figure became a screen for the projection of identities--beast, bigfoot, manimal, specter, even, to use a word Newkirk's work encourages one to use in all its dangerousness, spook.
After a brief description of the data, we explore four areas of interest: how Virginia capital jurors feel about the death penalty in general; how well they understand the legal rules designed to guide their sentencing decision; how, if at all, their beliefs about the defendant's future dangerousness influence their deliberations and sentencing decision; and how they allocate responsibility for the defendant's fate, as between themselves and other legal actors, and as between themselves and the defendant.
Youth homelessness increased rapidly during the late 1980s and early 1990s, at a time when street homelessness in particular became increasingly associated in the popular mind with dangerousness and criminality.
Four justices, led by Justice Harry Blackmun, found that when the defendant's future dangerousness is an issue, due process requires that the jury be informed of the defendant's parole ineligibility.
South Carolina, a capital defendant who, if not sentenced to death, will remain in prison with no chance of parole is constitutionally entitled to an instruction informing the jury of that fact, but only if the prosecution engages in conduct that places the defendant's future dangerousness "at issue.