noun \ˈka-vē-ˌät, -ˌat; ˈkä-vē-ˌät; ˈkā-vē-ˌat\

: an explanation or warning that should be remembered when you are doing or thinking about something

Full Definition of CAVEAT

a :  a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices
b :  an explanation to prevent misinterpretation
c :  a modifying or cautionary detail to be considered when evaluating, interpreting, or doing something
:  a legal warning to a judicial officer to suspend a proceeding until the opposition has a hearing

Examples of CAVEAT

  1. His investment advice comes with a caveat: that the stock market is impossible to predict with absolute accuracy.
  2. Sound great? There's just one caveat: Knowledge about how genes work is still in the scientific Stone Age. —Andrea Knox, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2000

Origin of CAVEAT

Latin, let him beware, from cavēre — more at hear
First Known Use: 1533

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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