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Definition 1: a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury - [noun denoting act]

Samples where risk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime
  • there was a danger he would do the wrong thing

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome

(... is a kind of risk ) a risk involving danger

"you take a chance when you let her drive"

(... is a kind of risk ) a risky and uncertain venture

"getting admitted to the college of your choice has become a crapshoot"

(... is a kind of risk ) a risky act or venture

Definition 2: the probability of being exposed to an infectious agent - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

"the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5" "if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife"

Definition 3: the probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible

"the probability that an unbiased coin will fall with the head up is 0.5" "if that phone call is for me, chances are it's my wife"

Definition 4: a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune - [noun denoting state]

Samples where risk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • drinking alcohol is a health hazard

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) a cause of pain or injury or loss

"he feared the dangers of traveling by air"

(... is a kind of risk ) hazard to the health of those exposed to it

(... is a kind of risk ) (economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance)

"insurance companies are exposed to a moral hazard if the insured party is not honest"

(... is a kind of risk ) any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury

(... is a kind of risk ) a constant and imminent peril

"the possibility hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles"

Samples where risk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We risked losing a lot of money in this venture
  • Why risk your life?
  • She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) make an effort or attempt

"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"

(... is a kind of risk ) put at risk

"I will stake my good reputation for this"

(... is a kind of risk ) take a risk; perform a daring act

"Who is going to bell the cat?"

Samples where risk or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • When you buy these stocks you are gambling

Synonyms for risk in the sense of this definition

(risk is a kind of ...) make an effort or attempt

"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"

(... is a kind of risk ) risk everything in one big effort

"the cyclist went for broke at the end of the race"

(... is a kind of risk ) act by relying on one's luck

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