- safe ► ADJECTIVE 1) protected from danger or risk. 2) not causing or leading to harm or injury. 3) (of a place) affording security or protection. 4) often derogatory cautious and unenterprising: a safe choice. 5) (of an assertion, verdict, bet, etc.) based on good reasons or evidence and not likely to be proved wrong. 6) informal excellent.► NOUN 1) a strong fireproof cabinet with a complex lock, used for the storage of valuables. 2) N. Amer. informal a condom.● safe and sound — Cf. ↑safe and sound● to be on the safe side — Cf. ↑to be on the safe sideDERIVATIVES safely adverb safeness noun.ORIGIN Old French sauf, from Latin salvus 'uninjured' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.