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 Kemp is far from alone in easing restrictions, though, as even leaders in many states that have been far more cautious are making the same moves. Jeff Amy, ajc, "Georgia's Kemp lifts many COVID-19 rules on businesses," 1 May 2021 Emirates has been more cautious than Qatar during the pandemic. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "How Qatar Airways, With Its Covid-19 Playbook, Dethroned Emirates as Biggest Long-Haul Airline," 25 Apr. 2021 Someone who lives alone might be more cautious, knowing there’s nobody in the house to help. Jaime Stathis, Wired, "Tips to Make Recovering From Surgery or Illness Easier," 16 Apr. 2021 Rae is much more cautious now, especially around her quiet engagement to businessman Louis Diame. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, "Issa Rae," 15 Apr. 2021 Germany, France and other countries that are less dependent on visitors want to be more cautious. Washington Post, "Americans may be able to travel to Europe again this summer. Their hosts may not be vaccinated.," 13 Apr. 2021 And while professional baseball and soccer players have to ultimately meet in person on a field, gamers can afford to be more cautious during the pandemic. Olga Kharif, Fortune, "Esports darling Overwatch League will remain virtual even as other sports resume play in front of fans," 9 Apr. 2021 The post-pandemic traveler will be much more cautious, say experts. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "How lockdowns, quarantines and COVID testing will change summer travel in 2021," 9 Apr. 2021 The White House is still very cautious about Emhoff’s public image, declining multiple interview requests on his behalf and refusing to let a reporter observe his class. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "‘Second gentleman,’ first in his role, hits the road with Kamala Harris," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Cautious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cautious. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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cautious

adjective

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

Other Words from cautious

cautiously adverb

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