hy·​per·​cau·​tious | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce hypercautious (audio) \
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Definition of hypercautious

: extremely or excessively cautious With all the polls closed and most of the results in, it's down to Florida. … Having been burned once by prematurely calling the state, the networks are now hypercautious.— Michelle Cottle In theory, at least, a hypercautious individual should be able to avoid almost all illness by not doing certain things.— George M. Foster

First Known Use of hypercautious

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypercautious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercautious. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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