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adjectiveadjective riskier, adjective riskiest

  • Full of the possibility of danger, failure, or loss.

    ‘it was much too risky to try to disarm him’
    • ‘It is only a matter of how long the risky lending and losses are allowed to accumulate.’
    • ‘Participating artists discuss the concept of risk, and what makes art risky business.’
    • ‘Putting your money in the stock market is a risky business.’
    • ‘I knew my parents would be back anytime soon, and inviting James over was risky business.’
    • ‘Though risky, some businesses will decide to take their chances and not fully comply.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, I think what we are about is helping the company run its business in a risky world.’
    • ‘Setting up a new business is risky and involves a steep learning curve, and can ultimately lead to failure.’
    • ‘Namibian banks generally do not see it as their business to lend to risky long-term investments.’
    • ‘Growth and change are naturally risky, but stagnation is a recipe for failure.’
    • ‘The amount of debt that existed in this country, on both the business and consumer ends, was risky.’
    • ‘As such, buying an ongoing venture is usually less risky than starting a brand new business.’
    • ‘The margin for failure is high and the whole scheme is very risky.’
    • ‘It was too risky to stay any longer because sooner or later, someone was going to notice him acting strange.’
    • ‘Remaking movies is always a risky endeavor, and remaking a classic can border on the foolhardy.’
    • ‘Thus, it is risky for a patient with ongoing medical conditions to change doctors or to come to a hospital.’
    • ‘As such, the potential returns can be enormous, but investing in these stocks can also be risky.’
    • ‘Struggling companies, once seen as a challenge, are now often deemed too risky to take a chance on.’
    • ‘The final phase is to analyze the strength of the brand to figure out how risky those future brand earnings are.’
    • ‘It was risky to make the call from an enemy phone - but Natalie was quickly running out of options.’
    • ‘Mercenaries had grown exponentially, and trade routes were risky, the merchant ships pillaged.’
    dangerous, fraught with danger, high-risk, hazardous, perilous, unsafe, insecure, exposed, defenceless, precarious, touch-and-go, tricky, treacherous
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/ˈriskē/ /ˈrɪski/