calculated risk


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calculated risk

A risky action that has been carefully considered beforehand, in which the chance or likelihood of a beneficial outcome outweighs the risk or cost of failure. We decided to take the calculated risk of going to trial, rather than settling out of court.
See also: risk

calculated risk

A chance taken after careful estimation of the probable outcome, as in Taking their dispute to arbitration was definitely a calculated risk. This term uses calculated in the sense of "planned with forethought," a usage from the mid-1800s. Its pairing with risk dates from World War II, when the chances for losing bombers were taken into account before a bombing mission was sent out. After the war the term was transferred to other undertakings where taking a chance to succeed had to be weighed against the costs of failure.
See also: risk
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Calculated Risk Motorcycle currently has five locations, Adam Smith's Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford, TX, Adam Smith's Texoma Harley-Davidson in Sherman, TX, and as of 2015 the group has added Adam Smith's Harley-Davidson of Waco, Adam Smith's Roughneck Harley-Davidson in Longview, TX, and Adam Smith's Lumberjack Harley-Davidson in Nacogdoches, TX.
About the Calculated Risk Motorcycle Group The Calculated Risk family of authorized Adam Smith Harley-Davidson dealership includes Adam Smith's Texas Harley-Davidson at 1839 Airport Freeway, Bedford, TX 76021; Adam Smith's Texoma Harley-Davidson at 4000 N.
It is the element of consideration and explicit weighing of the odds, of the potential payoff and the potential costs, that distinguishes the calculated risk from other forms of decision making.
Party Rock isn't a second-season hurdler, neither is Vendor, so we are quickly down to a short list of Dell' Arca, Clondaw Kaempfer, Bayan, Kaylif Aramis, Indevan, Calculated Risk and Foxcub.
All I was suggesting last summer was that maybe Wrexham could take a calculated risk over their wage structure.
Global Banking News-December 31, 2014--HDFC head says banks need to take calculated risks
A quality field lines up today in a contest being staged as the 32Red Juvenile Hurdle, but Quinn approaches it very much in the belief Calculated Risk is good enough to take his chance at Cheltenham.
Their mate was considered inaccurate if it differed from their calculated risk by more than 10%.
3rd race: 1 Kami (Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, J Naylor, Hassan Al Saffar); 2 Calculated Risk (Al Nasseriyeh, A Smith, Gary Hind); 3 Agencourt (Al Nasseriyeh, A Smith, T Cain); 4 Between the Sheets (B) (Fahad Ahmed Khalil Ali, Talal Al Alawi, Gerald Avranche).
It was a calculated risk to play Danny McGuire in that game," said the former Harlequins coach.
In this 16 week programme, patients' calculated risk of having a fatal CV event, as determined by the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) SCORE Card[1], was reduced, compared to baseline, by a range of 29 to 52 percent across participating countries.
It was something along the lines of a calculated risk that led to his recent expanded hitting zone.
We also gained greater international market penetration; it is an achievement and calculated risk we at D A take great pride in.
We have done it on a calculated risk at the end of the day, but we are confident we have the planning in the bag.
The decision to have people stay put was a calculated risk by officials seeking to avoid a repeat of the chaos and death that ensued after residents were ordered to evacuate Houston when Hurricane Rita threatened the city in 2005.