I'm looking for a word that means something bad could happen. To use it in a sentence: "Throughout my child hood the phrase “Life is about taking chances” was a common thing to say in my household, but what if those chances had really bad _____." I used the word outcome for the blank but that does not fit the sentence.
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How about consequences?
Consequence could be a neutral word, but in the right timing, it gives an ominous air of something ill-boding approaching via cause and effect.
As it is, the word consequence has the meaning of the effect of a causation or event or action. It is used often in literature when the dramatic effect necessitates something more negative than an "outcome". In your sentence:
"Throughout my child hood the phrase “Life is about taking chances” was a common thing to say in my household, but what if those chances had really bad consequences?"
You might even step this up a notch by replacing "bad" with "terrible", "gruesome", "unlucky", "unfair", or whatever else strikes a mood.