What is risk?

  • (verb): Expose to a chance of loss or damage.
    Example: "Why risk your life?"
    Synonyms: put on the line, lay on the line
    See also — Additional definitions below


Risk is the potential that a chosen action or activity (including the choice of inaction) will lead to a loss (an undesirable outcome). The notion implies that a choice having an influence on the outcome exists (or existed). Potential losses themselves may also be called "risks". Almost any human endeavor carries some risk, but some are much more risky than others.

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Some articles on risk:

Hepatocellular Carcinoma - Risk Factors
... The main risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma are Alcoholism Hepatitis B Hepatitis C (25% of causes globally) Aflatoxin Cirrhosis of the liver Hemochromatosis ... The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in type 2 diabetics is greater (from 2.5 to 7.1 times the non diabetic risk) depending on the duration of diabetes ... A suspected contributor to this increased risk is circulating insulin concentration such that diabetics with poor insulin control or on treatments that elevate their insulin ...
Risk - Further Reading
... This is a list of books about risk issues ... Title Author(s) Year Acceptable risk Baruch Fischhoff, Sarah Lichtenstein, Paul Slovic, Steven L ... Keeney 1984 Against the Gods The Remarkable Story of Risk Peter L ...
Diclofenac - Side Effects - Cardiac
... Following the identification of increased risks of heart attacks with the selective COX-2 inhibitor rofecoxib in 2004, attention has focused on all the other members of the NSAIDs group ... the British Heart Foundation said, "However, the increased risk is small, and many patients with chronic debilitating pain may well feel that this small risk is worth ... Only aspirin was found not to increase the risk of heart disease however, this is known to have a higher rate of gastric ulceration than diclofenac ...
Endometrial Cancer - Risk Factors
... obesity - the larger the woman, the larger the risk high levels of estrogen endometrial hyperplasia hypertension polycystic ovary syndrome nulliparity (never ...
Underwriting - Risk, Exclusivity, and Reward
... agreement is struck, the underwriter bears the risk of being unable to sell the underlying securities, and the cost of holding them on its books until such time in the ... and sales channels of the underwriter, and is insulated from the market risk of being unable to sell the securities at a good price ... typically justified as the reward for the underwriter for taking on the market risk, is occasionally criticized as unethical, such as the allegations that Frank Quattrone acted improperly in doling out hot IPO ...

More definitions of "risk":

  • (noun): The probability of becoming infected given that exposure to an infectious agent has occurred.
    Synonyms: risk of infection
  • (noun): The probability of being exposed to an infectious agent.
    Synonyms: risk of exposure
  • (noun): A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune.
    Synonyms: hazard, jeopardy, peril
  • (noun): A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury.
    Synonyms: peril, danger

Famous quotes containing the word risk:

    The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    We saw the risk we took in doing good,
    But dared not spare to do the best we could
    Though harm should come of it
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821)