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risky

[ris-kee] /ˈrɪs ki/
adjective, riskier, riskiest.
1.
attended with or involving risk; hazardous:
a risky undertaking.
Origin of risky
1820-1830
1820-30; risk + -y1
Related forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
unrisky, adjective
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
Synonyms
dangerous, perilous.
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  • So, on the whole, I am glad you have come, although at first I was rather dismayed at the riskiness of it.

    The Rebellion of Margaret Geraldine Mockler
  • This trivial instance indicates the essence of generalization, and also illustrates the riskiness of the proceeding.

British Dictionary definitions for riskiness

risky

/ˈrɪskɪ/
adjective riskier, riskiest
1.
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for riskiness

risky

adj.

1825, from risk (n.) + -y (2). Riskful in same sense is from 1793. Related: Riskiness.

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