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chancy

[chan-see, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn si, ˈtʃɑn-/
adjective, chancier, chanciest.
1.
uncertain, hazardous, or risky.
2.
random; haphazard; subject to chance.
3.
Chiefly Scot. lucky.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; chance + -y1
Related forms
chanciness, noun
Synonyms
1. precarious, doubtful, dubious, venturesome.
Antonyms
1. sure, certain, predictable.
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British Dictionary definitions for chanciness

chancy

/ˈtʃɑːnsɪ/
adjective chancier, chanciest
1.
(informal) of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky
Derived Forms
chancily, adverb
chanciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chanciness

chancy

adj.

1510s, "lucky, foreboding good fortune," from chance (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "uncertain, subject to risk" is recorded from 1860. The possible sense "full of opportunity" seems to have been used regularly only in cricket (1875).

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