hy·​per·​cau·​tious ˌhī-pər-ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce hypercautious (audio)
variants or hyper-cautious
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypercautious was in 1811

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“Hypercautious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercautious. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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