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caution

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noun cau·tion \ˈkȯ-shən\

Simple Definition of caution

  • : care taken to avoid danger or risk : a careful attitude or way of behaving

  • : a warning telling someone to be careful

  • law : a spoken official warning given to someone who has done something illegal but has not committed a serious crime

Full Definition of caution

  1. 1 :  warning, admonishment

  2. 2 :  precaution

  3. 3 :  prudent forethought to minimize risk

  4. 4 :  one that astonishes or commands attention <some shoes you see … these days are a cautionEsquire>

cau·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē, -ne-rē\ adjective

Examples of caution

  1. You should use caution when operating the electric saw.

  2. He injected a note of caution in his talk.

  3. Her financial adviser urged caution before investing in the project.

  4. The roads are slippery: drive with extreme caution.

  5. Her comments were intended as a caution to us to protect our property.

  6. A note of caution: be sure that the electricity is off before you install the ceiling fan.

  7. She was given a caution by the magistrate.



Origin of caution

Latin caution-, cautio precaution, from cavēre to be on one's guard — more at hear


First Known Use: 1566


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caution

verb cau·tion

Simple Definition of caution

  • : to warn or tell (someone) about a possible danger, problem, etc.

  • law : to give a caution to (someone)

Full Definition of caution

cau·tionedcau·tion·ing play \ˈkȯ-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to advise caution to :  warn

Examples of caution

  1. Officials are cautioning that the war may continue for years.

  2. Don't decide too quickly, she cautioned.

  3. He was cautioned for speeding.



1683

First Known Use of caution

1683




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