cautel

noun

Definition of cautel

plural -s
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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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


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