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Meaning of risk-benefit

risk-ben•e•fit

Pronunciation: (risk'ben'u-fit), [key]
— adj.
  1. involving studies, testing, etc., to establish whether the benefits, as of a course of medical treatment, outweigh the risks involved: to arrive at a risk-benefit ratio.
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