from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by risk: a high-risk business.
  • adj. Being particularly subject to potential danger or hazard: a high-risk surgical procedure.

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  • adj. Having a great risk.

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  • adj. not financially safe or secure


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From high + risk.


  • Breast cancer patients that are classified as high-risk have been shown to still reap the benefits of Herceptin as long as four years after they have stopped using this treatment.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In the low-risk group, only 7 percent had aggressive cancer, compared with 40 percent of the men classified as high-risk, they found.

    Urine test may help predict prostate cancer risk

  • Garrido was rightly classified as a high-risk offender after he served his federal prison sentence, but the federal probation office "failed to supervise him accordingly," Ware wrote after reviewing the report: Home visits were rare and his probation officer never talked with neighbors or local law enforcement.

    Feds: Monitoring of Dugard kidnapper 'substandard'

  • These young people must be identified as a high-risk population.

    Clinical Work with Adolescents

  • Masako Mori, a senior opposition member of Parliament from Fukushima, told the AP that two alternative routes would have led away from the areas identified as high-risk by SPEEDI.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Unfortunately, though, the change doesn't apply to plans that enroll some of the sickest people: those who buy coverage in so-called high-risk insurance pools because they have medical problems that make them uninsurable in the private market.


  • The more someone walked or, even more strikingly, the more they ran, the less likely they were to have gained large amounts of weight, even if they ate what the study politely calls a "high-risk diet."

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  • So thousands of people stayed for days in areas that the system had identified as high-risk, an Associated Press investigation has found. rss feed

  • A coroner's inquest recommended the vehicles be classified as high-risk and be subject to more random checks.

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  • They've seen a 30% reduction in employees classified as high-risk for chronic conditions, as well as an increase in people who work out. News


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  • This first listing on Wordie/Wordnik doesn't seem true.

    June 12, 2010