adjective \ˈk-shəs\

: careful about avoiding danger or risk

Full Definition of CAUTIOUS

:  marked by or given to caution <cautious investors> <cautious optimism>
cau·tious·ly adverb
cau·tious·ness noun

Examples of CAUTIOUS

  1. Any cautious tourist will guard her passport.
  2. You cannot be overly cautious when you're driving in snow.
  3. He answered the question with a cautious reply.

First Known Use of CAUTIOUS


Synonym Discussion of CAUTIOUS

cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger <a cautious driver>. circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding <circumspect in his business dealings>. wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it <keeps a wary eye on the competition>. chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely <chary of signing papers without having read them first>.

Rhymes with CAUTIOUS


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