peril

  

Definition

Probable cause (such as an earthquake, fire, theft) that exposes a person or property to the risk of damage, injury, or loss, and against which an insurance cover (policy) is purchased.

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  • You should always try and do things the right way but if things go wrong you can't just wallow in peril you must persevere.

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  • You need to make sure that your company is always ready for a disaster so that you are not left in peril when one strikes.

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  • We could not go back into the cave because it would put us in great peril and could end our lives.

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