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 overcautionRon Borges
I'm afraid many of us parents err on the side of overcautionKen Potts

Examples of overcaution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To date, Biden and his advisers have hewed to caution, even overcaution. Arkansas Online, 27 Apr. 2021 To date Biden and his advisers have hewed to caution, even overcaution. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Time will tell whether the Big Ten’s decision was wise, whether the factors that drove it to become the first Power Five conference to postpone football this fall will represent foresight or overcaution. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcaution was in 1690

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“Overcaution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcaution. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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