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Definition of "risky" []

  • Accompanied by or involving risk or danger; hazardous: "Anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky” ( Dorothy Canfield Fisher). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "risky" in a sentence
  • "The philosopher of science Karl Popper coined the term risky prediction to describe the process by which scientists verify untested theories."
  • "Mr. Grantham expects blue chips to outperform what he calls "risky, junky companies" by a wide margin in the long run—but not until the Fed finally takes steps to raise interest rates."
  • "Andrew Cuomo said New York would have power sources to replace what he calls risky nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant, the governor's office backtracked from claims there would soon be 3,000 megawatts of power production available."