\ˈri-skē \
riskier; riskiest

Definition of risky 

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

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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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The risky strategy allows earlier plaintiffs to send signals about legal tactics and their award amounts to women who bring cases later. New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Told to Pay $4.7 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuit," 12 July 2018 But the banking industry has complained for years about the difficulty in determining what type of trading is too risky. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Federal Reserve scales back 'Volcker Rule' limits on bank trading," 30 May 2018 This is -- this is the -- the -- the risky strategy of the Trump administration, in my opinion. Fox News, "Secretary Mike Pompeo previews upcoming Trump-Kim summit," 13 May 2018 This is a risky strategy, as these groups may still be unsatisfied by whatever labour standards Mr Lighthizer can negotiate and be wary of the political costs of associating with Mr Trump. The Economist, "A new NAFTA may be agreed on soon," 26 Apr. 2018 In a risky strategy, Hamas appears to be using the protests to draw attention to the difficult conditions in Gaza, without plunging into another war with Israel. Washington Post, "Gaza toll reaches 18, Israel rejects excessive force claims," 2 Apr. 2018 In a risky strategy, Hamas appears to be using the protests to draw attention to the difficult conditions in Gaza, without plunging into another war with Israel. Jewish Journal, "Gaza protest death toll at 18; Israel rejects excessive force claims," 2 Apr. 2018 Such an impression is particularly risky ahead of tough upcoming decisions over public spending, which have been delayed because of their political sensitivity. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 But there are better and less risky ways to deal with these problems. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "European exporters shift trade to avoid higher US tariffs," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of risky was in 1813

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English Language Learners Definition of risky

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


\ˈris-kē \
riskier; riskiest

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to reject or criticize sharply

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