cautious

adjective
cau·​tious | \ ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce cautious (audio) \

Definition of cautious

: careful about avoiding danger or risk cautious investors cautious optimism

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Other Words from cautious

cautiously adverb
cautiousness noun

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cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger. a cautious driver circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding. circumspect in his business dealings wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it. keeps a wary eye on the competition chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely. chary of signing papers without having read them first

Examples of cautious in a Sentence

Any cautious tourist will guard her passport. You cannot be overly cautious when you're driving in snow. He answered the question with a cautious reply.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Cavs, as has been the case since Windler was shut down ahead of training camp because of an initial stress reaction, will be cautious. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Have Cleveland Cavaliers already played final game of 2019-20 season? Examining NBA’s return-to-play scenarios and their impact," 28 May 2020 But analysts and marketing experts in the home and hardware industry are cautious. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "What a surge in decks, paint sales in the middle of pandemic says about economic recovery," 28 May 2020 Huntsville has so far avoided that fate, but Spillers is cautious. al, "Two Alabama cities, two very different outbreaks," 24 May 2020 Even with lower numbers in 2020, Mr. Smith said, fans will still be cautious. Dan Gelston, The Christian Science Monitor, "To play or not to play: Lessons from 1918 on sports during virus," 22 May 2020 Despite the recoveries, Salazar is urging deputies to be cautious both inside and outside the jail. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus numbers are down at Bexar County jail; deputies continue targeted operations on Northeast Side," 22 May 2020 While visiting the eye doctor might not seem as risky as visiting a dentist—and certainly not as risky as a trip to the ER—eye doctors still had a reason to be cautious. Kasandra Brabaw, Health.com, "Is it Safe to Go to the Eye Doctor During COVID-19? Here's What You Need to Know," 22 May 2020 Time is running out on turkey season, so now is not the time to be cautious. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Get Ultra-Close to the Roost on Late-Season Turkey Hunts," 18 May 2020 France was also cautious, calling for a coordinated European effort on opening. Rebecca Santana, BostonGlobe.com, "Restaurants and racing can resume, but new rules abound," 16 May 2020

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First Known Use of cautious

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cautious

see caution entry 1

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The first known use of cautious was in 1614

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2 Jun 2020

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“Cautious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cautious. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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cautious

adjective
How to pronounce cautious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cautious

: careful about avoiding danger or risk

cautious

adjective
cau·​tious | \ ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce cautious (audio) \

Kids Definition of cautious

: showing or using care to avoid trouble or danger

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cautiously adverb

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