cautel

noun

plural -s
1
obsolete
a
: trick
b
: trickery
no soil nor cautel doth besmirch the virtue of his willShakespeare
2
obsolete
a

Word History

Etymology

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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“Cautel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cautel. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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