I. noun Etymology: French risque, from Italian risco Date: circa 1661 1. possibility of loss or injury ; peril 2. someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard 3. a. the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract; also the degree of probability of such loss b. a person or thing that is a specified hazard to an insurer <
a poor risk for insurance
c. an insurance hazard from a specified cause or source <
war risk
4. the chance that an investment (as a stock or commodity) will lose value • riskless adjective II. transitive verb Date: circa 1687 1. to expose to hazard or danger <
risked her life
2. to incur the risk or danger of <
risked breaking his neck
risker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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