cautious

adjective
cau·tious | \ˈkȯ-shəs \

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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One is to always be cautious around them, especially mother bears with cubs. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A bear spooked shoppers in Charlotte. It's the latest in a string of sightings.," 27 June 2018 Egyptian officials have learned to be cautious about making sweeping predictions. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 Though Scotland’s nationalist leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has been cautious about the prospect of a second referendum, her Catalan counterparts have recklessly disregarded democratic and constitutional norms in their push for independence. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 But despite its marketed image, Rocket Lab has been cautious about actually lobbing rockets. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Never Prebook Your Return Flight From a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 And justices often are cautious about blowing up precedents. CBS News, "Supreme Court could limit, but not eliminate, abortion rights," 29 June 2018 But, in fact, Mocella had claimed to read only letters, and some scholars are cautious about even those, not least because the group did not publish enough information for others to replicate the analysis. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Related Government officials in Berlin are cautious about the car makers’ initiative. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Germany’s Largest Auto Makers Back Abolition of EU-U.S. Car Import Tariffs," 20 June 2018 Most parents and teens had heard of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy, and parents were much more likely to be cautious about social media as a result. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Child advocacy group urges FTC to probe Facebook's data sharing policies with teens," 11 June 2018

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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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cautious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cautious

: careful about avoiding danger or risk

cautious

adjective
cau·tious | \ˈkȯ-shəs \

Kids Definition of cautious

: showing or using care to avoid trouble or danger

Other Words from cautious

cautiously adverb

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