- alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care; wariness: Landslides ahead—proceed with caution.
- a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning: By way of caution, he told me the difficulties I would face.
- Informal. a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension: She's a caution. The way he challenges your remarks is a caution.
- to give warning to; advise or urge to take heed.
- to warn or advise: The newspapers caution against overoptimism.
Origin of caution
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Examples from the Web for cautioned
Camarillo also cautioned families about other clues that may be worth further examination before allowing someone into your home.When Mrs. Doubtfire Won’t Leave
June 28, 2014
Well, maybe it was a gamma-ray burst, or maybe it was something else, cautioned some others.The Gamma-Ray Burst That Wasn’t
Matthew R. Francis
June 1, 2014
But he cautioned that last-minute snags could still derail an agreement.Turkey Turns Back Toward Israel
May 13, 2014
But Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an ob-gyn in private practice, cautioned that such fears are overblown.The Next Big Environmental Fight: Tampons?
May 2, 2014
Although Burwell was confirmed to head OMB by a vote of 96-0, Daschle cautioned that he thought she wouldn't have an "easy ride."Kathleen Sebelius Resigning From HHS
April 11, 2014
"And you're getting it so high it's top-heavy," cautioned Mrs. Drelmer.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Visitors should be cautioned against approaching this picture.
Tom cautioned him again and again to be careful, and not take too great risks.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
"Don't be too sure," cautioned Mr. Swift, but Tom only smiled.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
The Duke cautioned her not to think that she could deceive him.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
- care, forethought, or prudence, esp in the face of danger; wariness
- something intended or serving as a warning; admonition
- law, mainly British a formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his words will be taken down and may be used in evidence
- a notice entered on the register of title to land that prevents a proprietor from disposing of his or her land without a notice to the person who entered the caution
- informal an amusing or surprising person or thingshe's a real caution
- (tr) to urge or warn (a person) to be careful
- (tr) law, mainly British to give a caution to (a person)
- (intr) to warn, urge, or advisehe cautioned against optimism
Word Origin and History for cautioned
"to warn," 1640s, from caution (n.). Related: Cautioned; cautioning.
c.1300, "bail, guarantee, pledge," from Old French caution "security, surety" (13c.), from Latin cautionem (nominative cautio) "caution, care, foresight, precaution," noun of action from past participle stem of cavere "to be on one's guard" (see caveat). The Latin sense re-emerged in English 16c.-17c. Meaning "word of warning" is from c.1600.
Idioms and Phrases with cautioned
see throw caution to the winds.