Definition of risk-averse adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrɪsk əvɜːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪsk əvɜːrs//
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not willing to do something if it is possible that something bad could happen as a result We live in a risk-averse culture. In business you cannot be innovative and risk-averse at the same time.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: risk-averse