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Adventure (from Latin res adventura, a thing about to happen), chance, and especially chance of danger; so a hazardous enterprise or remarkable incident. Thus an adventurer[?], from meaning one who takes part in some speculative course of action, came to mean one who lived by his wits[?] and a person of no character. The word is also used in certain restricted legal connexions. Joint adventure[?], for instance, may be distinguished from partnership. A bill of adventure[?] in maritime law[?] (now apparently obsolete) is a writing signed by the shipmaster[?] declaring that goods shipped in his name really belong to another, to whom he is responsible. The bill of gross adventure in French maritime law is an instrument making a loan on maritime security.

See also Colossal Cave Adventure, an old computer game.

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