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cautious

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adjective cau·tious \ˈkȯ-shəs\

Simple Definition of cautious

  • : careful about avoiding danger or risk

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cautious

  1. :  marked by or given to caution <cautious investors> <cautious optimism>

cautiously adverb
cautiousness noun

Examples of cautious in a sentence

  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.



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First Known Use of cautious

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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


CAUTIOUS Defined for Kids

cautious

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adjective cau·tious \ˈkȯ-shəs\

Definition of cautious for Students

  1. :  showing or using care to avoid trouble or danger

cautiously adverb




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