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

Examples of hypercautious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Banks need to be hypercautious about their lending activities amid this hostile environment. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 5 May 2023 For one, pairing Todd Bowles – a coach who is hypercautious with his offensive approach given his intolerance to turnovers – with a player who threw 23 interceptions in the last two years is a recipe for disaster. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023 From the aviation perspective, the wireless industry simply couldn’t fathom its hypercautious safety culture, which, given the horrific consequences of an accident, demands that any critical equipment be proven to pose a probability of failure of no more than one in a billion. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 26 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Jun. 2024.

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