Definition of caveat
1a : a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices a caveat against unfair practicesb : an explanation to prevent misinterpretationc : a modifying or cautionary detail to be considered when evaluating, interpreting, or doing something The driving instructor gave his students this caveat: if you are driving under the speed limit, stay in the far right lane.
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Examples of caveat in a sentence
Sound great? There's just one caveat: Knowledge about how genes work is still in the scientific Stone Age. —Andrea Knox, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2000
We'll add a caveat of our own for parents: After your kids walk through 17,500 gal. of swirling water, they're not going to be satisfied running through the lawn sprinkler. —Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics, July 1999
But the youthquake in the new economy comes with a caveat that also may begin applying to politics. If you're inexperienced and you want a big job, you'd better be smart as hell. —Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, 22 Nov. 1999
… a cluster bomb can destroy objects over a wider area, with the important caveat that it is effective only if the bomblets have sufficient destructive power on their own. —Norman Friedman, Desert Victory, 1991
His investment advice comes with a caveat: that the stock market is impossible to predict with absolute accuracy.
Recent Examples of caveat from the web
But that statement is reasonable only with some very important caveats.
With that caveat, Roth also praised the overtime surge.
Still, Mr. Tabler and other Syria specialists said the opportunity came with a number of important caveats.
But consider this deal more of a caveat added to the dominant narrative than some revolutionary twist to the story of globalization.
There are caveats that can keep someone from being admitted, but if approved, agencies will then work with local churches to resettle refugees.
There is a large caveat to this conclusion, often overlooked in the political debate in Europe and the United States.
But first, two caveats about these data are worth bearing in mind.
The usual caveat: This is all predicated on new reports, and we've been burned before, a bunch of damned times.
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Did You Know?
You may be familiar with the old saying "caveat emptor," nowadays loosely translated as "let the buyer beware." In the 16th century, this adage was imparted as a safeguard for the seller: allow the buyer to examine the item (for example, a horse) before the sale is completed, so the seller can't be blamed if the item turns out to be unsatisfactory. "Caveat" in Latin means let him beware and comes from the verb "cavēre" ("to be on guard"). Perhaps you've also heard "caveat lector": "let the reader beware," a warning to take what one reads with a grain of salt. English retained "caveat" itself as a noun for something that serves to warn, explain, or caution. (The word caution is another descendant of "cavēre.")
Origin and Etymology of caveat
Latin, let him beware, from cavēre — more at hear
First Known Use: 1533
CAVEAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caveat for English Language Learners
: an explanation or warning that should be remembered when you are doing or thinking about something
Legal Definition of caveat
1a : a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices b : an explanation to prevent a misinterpretation
2 : a notice to a court or judicial officer to suspend a proceeding until the opposition can be heard a caveat entered in the probate court to stop the proving of the will
Origin and Etymology of caveat
Latin, may he/she beware
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