I'm looking for a noun that means something dangerous, but it is still a necessary danger so you keep using it anyway. For example, a power-tool might be necessary for a mechanic, even though it could kill them. Another example, someone who is on powerful drugs might regret having to take them, but still take them, as the risk of addiction is better than the immense pain. Sentence: "I don't want to use it, but the ___ might be our only/best option."

  • Probably "the risk might be our only option" would work. That or "It's dangerous, but we'll just have to risk that." – Robusto Dec 30 '19 at 3:05
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    While these are both two words, I think "necessary evil" or "lesser evil" fit. – Profesor Caos Dec 30 '19 at 19:12
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    Not a single word, but for the mechanic example, occupational hazard comes close. – alwayslearning Dec 31 '19 at 8:00

Not sure, but -


: Absolutely necessary or requisite; that one cannot do without.


Therefore -

I don't want to use it, but the indispensability might be our only/best option.

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Jeopardy, perilious can be affixed with the pith of the sentence.

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I don't want to use it, but the necessary evil might be our only/best option.

(Cambridge definition)

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If you're happy with a two word description. A "calculated risk" or even a "necessary risk" would be options.

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