risky

adjective
\ ˈri-skē How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

Definition of risky

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

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Other Words from risky

riskiness noun

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dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully. soldiers on a dangerous mission hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure. claims that smoking is hazardous to your health precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty. earned a precarious living by gambling perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger. perilous mountain roads risky often applies to a known and accepted danger. shied away from risky investments

Examples of risky in a Sentence

Her plan is too risky.

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Now that Brianna's a mother, she's pretty much stuck in the 18th century forever because taking a kid through the stones is far too risky. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander's Season 4 Finale Will Leave You an Emotional Mess," 28 Jan. 2019 Starting a business was risky enough without taking on cryptocurrency. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 Painting a house black is less risky because today’s paints and stains are so good, says Wadden. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "Black is the new black," 1 Aug. 2018 Robbed of this advertising, many have been forced into street prostitution—a much riskier activity, as there's no vetting possible when getting into a client's car. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Her model can produce a list of potentially risky animals, but if no one investigates them firsthand, the prediction is just a prediction. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Late Friday, Thai officials were still trying to come up with a workable extraction plan for the group trapped for nearly two weeks deep inside the cavern, stoking fears that all available options remain too risky. Shibani Mahtani, chicagotribune.com, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018 No, in American poetry, politics was the domain of the few and the fearless, poets like Adrienne Rich or Denise Levertov, whose outsize conscience justified such risky behavior. Constance Grady, Vox, "Victorian literature was full of lady detectives," 15 Dec. 2018 There is a large number of susceptible people who are practicing risky behaviors that can promote the spread of HIV. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Cluster of HIV cases in North Seattle prompt concern of potential outbreak," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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risky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of risky

: involving the possibility of something bad or unpleasant happening : involving risk

risky

adjective
\ ˈris-kē How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

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