Attempt: v. to try with a relatively low probability of achievement

Attempting is not only trying but trying something which has a relatively low probability of success or trying something with much uncertainty involved. An attempt frequently results in failure but we are tempted by the possibility that success will mean a very beneficial outcome for us. Many attempts are half-hearted or with little commitment and we frequently invest very little of our time, energy, and money because of our sense of uncertainty.

I attempted windsurfing in high winds and rather quickly gave up realizing that I was just not strong enough and coordinated enough to do it successfully. I could have tried with a smaller sail but that meant more investment of time, energy, and money which wasn’t something which I wanted to do on vacation in Hawaii.


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