Definition of risk-averse in US English:



  • Disinclined or reluctant to take risks.

    ‘risk-averse investors’
    • ‘A few of the less risk-averse residents jump at the opportunity of living along the river.’
    • ‘Isn't there something oxymoronic about a risk-averse venture capitalist?’
    • ‘Today we have become much more risk-averse.’
    • ‘Risk-averse oil companies are simply reluctant to spend money.’
    • ‘He is a risk-averse manager who despises surprises.’
    • ‘Australian voters are naturally very risk-averse, and will not rush headlong into a change of government.’
    • ‘We're seeing the emergence of risk-averse venture capitalists.’
    • ‘It has won a reputation for being nimble and entrepreneurial, in comparison to its more risk-averse, bureaucratic competitors.’
    • ‘Editors, like many managers, tend towards risk-averse behavior.’
    • ‘Electorates are generally risk-averse, upholding the status quo unless they are thoroughly convinced that change is needed.’
    • ‘The experience did not make me risk-averse; it made me smarter.’
    • ‘If you're really that risk-averse, you'd be better off plumping for a high-interest savings account.’
    • ‘Both types of bonds are tax exempt and particularly attractive to risk-averse investors due to the high likelihood that the issuers will repay their debts.’
    • ‘She's also made it even harder for the next novelist to get a deal with an already skittish and risk-averse publishing industry.’