hazard

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun something with the potential to cause injury, damage or loss

Computing

Electronics

Health Economics

  • (written as Hazard)
    The probability of occurrence of an outcome: an estimate of the number of people experiencing the outcome divided by an estimate of the number at risk.

Origin & History of “hazard”

The word hazard was introduced to English as the name for a game played with dice. It was borrowed from Old French hasard, which came via Spanish azar from Arabic azzahr, earlier al-zahr ‘luck, chance’. Its associations were thus from the first with ‘uncertainty’, and its central modern sense ‘danger’ did not develop until the 16th century.
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