Precaution vs Risk - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between precaution and risk

is that precaution is precaution while risk is a possible, usually negative, outcome, eg, a danger.

As a verb risk is

to incur risk (to something).

precaution

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
  • * John Henry Newman
  • The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution .
  • A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.
  • to take precautions against risks of accident

    Derived terms

    * precautionary

    See also

    * prevention

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (transitive): To warn or caution beforehand. --.
  • (rare): To take precaution against. --.
  • risk

    English

    (wikipedia risk)

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A possible, usually negative, outcome, e.g., a danger.
  • * Macaulay
  • the imminent and constant risk of assassination, a risk which has shaken very strong nerves
  • * 2006 , BBC News'' website, ''Farmers warned over skin cancer read at [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4764525.stm] on 14 May 2006
  • There was also a "degree of complacency" that the weather in the country was not good enough to present a health risk .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere. From tabloid headlines insisting that coffee causes cancer (yesterday, of course, it cured it) to stern government warnings about alcohol and driving, the world is teeming with goblins. For each one there is a frighteningly precise measurement of just how likely it is to jump from the shadows and get you.}}
  • The likelihood of a negative outcome.
  • * 2006', Trever Ramsey on ''BBC News'' website, ''Exercise 'cuts skin cancer '''risk' read at [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4764535.stm] on 14 May 2006
  • Taking regular exercise, coupled with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of several types of cancer.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01, author=Stephen Ledoux, volume=100, issue=1, page=60
  • , magazine= , title= Behaviorism at 100 , passage=Becoming more aware of the progress that scientists have made on behavioral fronts can reduce the risk that other natural scientists will resort to mystical agential accounts when they exceed the limits of their own disciplinary training.}}
  • The potential (conventionally negative) should it occur.
  • * 2002', Decisioneering Inc website, ''What is '''risk ? read at [http://www.decisioneering.com/risk-analysis.html] on 14 May 2006
  • If there is a 25% chance of running over schedule, costing you a $100 out of your own pocket, that might be a risk' you are willing to take. But if you have a 5% chance of running overschedule, knowing that there is a $10,000 penalty, you might be less willing to take that ' risk .

    Derived terms

    * market risk * credit risk * currency risk * operational risk * political risk * financial risk * residual risk * health risk * inflation risk * risk management * risk assessment * risk analysis

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To incur risk (to something).
  • * 2006 , BBC Sport website, Beckham wary over Rooney comeback read at [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/england/4769433.stm] on 14 May 2006
  • England captain David Beckham has warned Wayne Rooney not to risk his long-term future by rushing his return from injury.
  • To incur risk (of something).
  • * 2006 , Transportation Alternatives'' website, ''Rail delays as thieves cut power read at [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4972476.stm] on 14 May 2006
  • These people are putting themselves in danger by physically being on or near to the railway lines and risk ing serious injury.
  • To incur risk (by something).
  • * 1999 , BBC News'' website, ''Volunteer of the Month: Andrew Hay McConnell read at [http://www.transalt.org/press/magazine/994Summer/12volunteer.html] on 14 May 2006
  • After coming to New York, I decided to risk cycling again.

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing) . See

    See also

    * roll the dice, take a chance

    Anagrams

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