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[oh-ver-kaw-shuh s] /ˈoʊ vərˈkɔ ʃəs/
excessively or unnecessarily cautious:
Sometimes it doesn't pay to be overcautious in business.
Origin of overcautious
First recorded in 1700-10; over- + cautious
Related forms
overcautiously, adverb
overcautiousness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Fanfulla, you are over-cautious," he said, with an easy smile.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Better be venturesome with both for God's sake, than over-cautious, over-thrifty.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • These were characterised by over-cautious and minute legislation.

    St. John's College, Cambridge Robert Forsyth Scott
  • The situation was so critical that Deerfoot perhaps was over-cautious.

    Deerfoot in The Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • It was one of the miscalculations to which an over-cautious cunning is prone.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • To err is human, but it were better to be over-cautious than over-anxious for a change.

  • The Government did not accept his views, but it was a good fault to be over-cautious.

  • Are you not over-cautious when you assume, that you cannot do what the enemy is constantly doing?

    Following the Flag Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Are they over-fed or over-cautious, that they thus play round, but will not gorge?

  • He feigned a careless attitude that none might think him over-cautious.

    Vayenne Percy Brebner
Word Origin and History for over-cautious

1706, from over- + cautious. Related: Over-cautiously; over-cautiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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