overcaution

noun

over·​cau·​tion ˌō-vər-ˈkȯ-shən How to pronounce overcaution (audio)
: an excess of caution
… he readily admits there is a thin line between caution and overcaution Ron Borges
I'm afraid many of us parents err on the side of overcaution Ken Potts

Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcaution was in 1690

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Cite this Entry

“Overcaution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcaution. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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