Definition of cautel



  1. 1 obsolete a :  trick b :  trickery no soil nor cautel doth besmirch the virtue of his will — Shakespeare

  2. 2 obsolete a :  caution b :  precaution

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Origin and Etymology of cautel

Middle English, from Middle French cautele, from Latin cautela caution, precaution, from cautus, past participle of cavēre to be on one's guard — more at show

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