cautel

noun
plural -s

Definition of cautel

1 obsolete

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

2 obsolete

a : caution

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History and Etymology for cautel

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

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