[ risk-uh-vurs ]


  1. reluctant to take risks; tending to avoid risks as much as possible:

    risk-averse entrepreneurs.

  2. 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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of risk-averse1

First recorded in 1960–65; risk ( def ) + averse ( def )
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Example Sentences

Ambassador Shirley Temple Black attributed this to the “deeply risk-averse psychology of the Czech people.”

Yet an answer, or even a speculation, would have added insight and originality to this terrific but risk-averse debut.

Improvising can certainly be unnerving, especially for politicians who are trained to be risk-averse.

Despite the rise of Facebook, the founder of Netscape says risk-averse public markets are hostile to technology startups.

Ideas are always risky, and a Hillary 2016 campaign will be a massively risk-averse campaign.

Assured of low prices and preoccupied with economic survival – people become strongly risk averse.

But many operators are so risk averse that, in effect, they increase the inefficiency of the market in order to avoid it.





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