cau·​tious | \ ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce cautious (audio) \

Definition of cautious

: careful about avoiding danger or risk cautious investors cautious optimism

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Other Words from cautious

cautiously adverb
cautiousness noun

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cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger. a cautious driver circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding. circumspect in his business dealings wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it. keeps a wary eye on the competition chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely. chary of signing papers without having read them first

Examples of cautious in a Sentence

Any cautious tourist will guard her passport. You cannot be overly cautious when you're driving in snow. He answered the question with a cautious reply.
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Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, companies were largely cautious of blockchain because of its association with Bitcoin, then often associated with criminals. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Pimco: The asset manager has been cautious of Evergrande for the last two years. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 1 Oct. 2021 West Allis police are reminding the public to be very cautious of sudden, unsolicited requests for money or gift cards. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2021 One source said the groups interested in the team have been cautious of travel to Utah to meet and tour facilities. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Sep. 2021 Her eldest, Bianca, is eager to explore places where she isn’t told to be cautious of the water and mindful of the drought. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 The creators of the new Shang-Chi film also admitted to being aware and cautious of the potential pitfalls surrounding their movie. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 And while chances of rain were expected to simmer by the weekend, experts were advising people to be cautious of over-100-degree weather that was expected to hit Arizona. The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 In general, leaded-glass products have waned in popularity because people are more aware and cautious of lead leaching into their crystal glassware or decanters, Stables explains. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of cautious

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cautious

see caution entry 1

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The first known use of cautious was in 1614

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“Cautious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cautious

: careful about avoiding danger or risk


cau·​tious | \ ˈkȯ-shəs How to pronounce cautious (audio) \

Kids Definition of cautious

: showing or using care to avoid trouble or danger

Other Words from cautious

cautiously adverb

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