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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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  • I may be overcautious, but I much prefer a carriage to myself.

    Golden Stories Various
  • An overcautious lawyer-like captiousness of spirit in such matters will help no cause and serve no good purpose.

    Creation and Its Records B.H. Baden-Powell
  • The glory that might have been so easily won was placed beyond my reach by this overcautious imbecile.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • A hysteric fear of possible loss, an unreasonable distrust of banks and bankers, keeps the overcautious away from the market.

  • You are right in questioning us, for under such situations a soldier had best be overcautious than too credulous.

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