- reluctant to take risks; tending to avoid risks as much as possible: risk-averse entrepreneurs.
- of or noting a person who invests in stocks, bonds, etc., with lower risks and generally lower rates of return so as to minimize the possibility of financial loss: risk-averse investors who stick with government bonds.
Origin of risk-averse
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