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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Anything too bizarre or too tragic felt too risky for Fox’s execs. Time, "Review: Late Night Is a Pitch-Perfect Workplace Comedy," 7 June 2019 In this case, the officers’ response to a risky situation was consistent with their training and in accordance with the law. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "City to pay $400,000 to Mario Woods’ family over police shooting," 3 June 2019 The drug controversy Trainers have been accused of making an already risky situation worse by drugging horses with performance-enhancing substances or painkillers, animal welfare advocates say. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Why horse racing is so dangerous," 17 May 2019 Here’s a look at why North Carolina could be particularly hit hard how climate change and development have made living on the coast even more risky. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why North Carolina is vulnerable to hurricanes," 11 Sep. 2018 Environmentalists decry the method as overly risky, and regulatory permitting for these projects is a bruising process. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Washington Post, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 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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