from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.
- n. A factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain danger; a hazard: "the usual risks of the desert: rattlesnakes, the heat, and lack of water” ( Frank Clancy).
- n. The danger or probability of loss to an insurer.
- n. The amount that an insurance company stands to lose.
- n. The variability of returns from an investment.
- n. The chance of nonpayment of a debt.
- n. One considered with respect to the possibility of loss: a poor risk.
- transitive v. To expose to a chance of loss or damage; hazard. See Synonyms at endanger.
- transitive v. To incur the risk of: His action risked a sharp reprisal.
- idiom at risk In an endangered state, especially from lack of proper care: unsupervised children who are at risk of dropping out of school.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A possible, usually negative, outcome, e.g., a danger.
- n. The likelihood of a negative outcome.
- n. The potential (conventionally negative) impact of an event, determined by combining the likelihood of the event occurring with the impact should it occur.
- v. To incur risk (to something).
- v. To incur risk (of something).
- v. To incur risk (by something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or destruction.
- n. Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property.
- transitive v. To expose to risk, hazard, or peril; to venture.
- transitive v. To incur the risk or danger of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hazard; expose to the chance of injury or loss.
- To venture upon; take the chances of: as, to risk a surgical operation.
- Synonyms To peril, jeopard, stake. See risk, n.
- n. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to mischance or harm; venture: as, at the risk of one's life; at the risk of contagion. Common in the phrase to run a (the) risk, to incur hazard; take the chance of failure or disaster.
- n. In com.: The hazard of loss of ship, goods, or other property.
- n. The degree of hazard or danger upon which the premiums of insurance are calculated.
- n. Hence, by extension, insurance obligation: as, our company has no risks in that city.
- n. Same as reesk and risp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
- n. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
- n. the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred
- v. expose to a chance of loss or damage
- n. the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent
- n. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
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And the more constant he is in his attendance at the sacred rite, the greater will be his risk; his _risk_, I say; that is, if he neglects to be jealous over himself, to watch himself narrowly, and to condemn and hate in himself the faintest risings of coldness and irreverence; for, of course, if he so acts, the less will be his risk, and the greater will be his security that his heart will not betray him.
Analysts said production of such vehicles was still small enough that there was little short-term risk from a shortage of rare earths, but this could change quickly.
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Among the exhibition's many specific lessons for us is that the word risk is derived from a Tuscan term, rischio, which allowed bankers to receive a return on their loans that would not be considered interest, and consequently would not violate the Christian ban on usury.
The variability in risk is probably due to other genetic factors that interact with BRCA.
In a nutshell, he observes that the difference in risk is that between a defined benefit and defined contribution plan.
For this reason the term risk taker or creative problem solver is more appropriate than change agent.
I use the term risk inversion to convey the following observation.
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