Imagine the situation where an astronaut is to leave Earth and possibly never return.

He continued his journey, with the risk of never returning to his family.

How would you substitute "with the risk of" in one word? I know "despite" could be used, but is not the word I look for.


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    What is wrong with risking? Or chancing? – stevesliva Sep 17 '15 at 5:53
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    If you must have only one word, "hazarding" might be best, although I don't like the "ing ... ing" much. – JEL Sep 17 '15 at 8:56

"He continued his journey, potentially never returning to his family"


possibly but not yet actually:

Possibly works too:

perhaps; maybe

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/potentially http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/possibly


He continued his journey risking never to return to his family.

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