American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or susceptible to having a greater than average number of accidents or mishaps.
- adj. Susceptible to a greater than normal number of accidents or mishaps.
- adj. Having a greater than normal incidence of accidents.
- adj. having more than the average number of accidents
- accident + prone (Wiktionary)
“We first meet two kids at 8 years old -- a sullen girl and a weirdly mischievous boy who is accident-prone to say the least.”
“When [Tony] Hayward took over BP's leadership from John Browne three years ago this week, the company was at one of the lowest points in its history: badly run, accident-prone and accused in the aftermath of a deadly explosion at its Texas City refinery of putting profits before safety.”
“Bob Dudley , the new chief executive of BP PLC, has vowed to change the safety culture of the accident-prone oil giant in the wake of the deadly explosion and spill at one of its wells in the Gulf of Mexico last year.”
“Investigators also are looking into what cameras mounted in the bus may have recorded and accident histories along the section of road to see if it is an accident-prone area, Hart said.”
“In the last eight years, Lula has steadied the country's accident-prone economy and wowed voters and investors alike with a combination of charisma, aggressive diplomacy, and masterful politics.”
“Richard Dawkins once described Hamilton as charmingly accident-prone.”
“Good work too from Pip Carter who plays the accident-prone Yepihodov as a tortured, lovesick soul, from Emily Taaffe who shows both the flightiness and heartbreak of the maid Dunyasha, and from Kenneth Cranham who pins down the sad senility of the neglected servant, Firs.”
“From 1963-65, he worked on the Bill Dana Show as an accident-prone detective, which would later be the inspiration for his Get Smart character.”
“I would describe him as a bit accident-prone, and slightly gullible," says Hutton, confirming anecdotes that involve his friend throwing bats through windows and blowing up loudspeakers but stressing that any damage was always unintended.”
“Already, for instance, it would appear that the gradual reduction of the perceived importance of nuclear missions within the U.S. military -- and the degree to which nuclear specialties have gone from being considered a badge of elite distinction to a career backwater relative to "real" warfighting or exotic emerging arenas such as outer space and cyberspace -- has helped produce a more accident-prone culture in the nuclear components of the U.S. military.”
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