- 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 cautions
But she cautions against depending on getaways for happiness.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
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Of course, Knox also cautions contestants to be prepared for the personal ramifications off-camera.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
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Amirpour cautions, however, that Bad City is only “Iran, Iran” as far as Gotham City is New York.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story
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Bree cautions us against thinking about any of the characters singly.Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist
October 17, 2014
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.Sexting Is the New ‘First Base’
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For Icarus, these cautions went in at one ear and out by the other.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Cautions were given to friends of the soldiers not to go on the streets at night.The Siege of Boston
But here we are at the gates, and once more, I say, be cautions and guarded in everything.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
But we must not be credulous, and there are three cautions to be borne in mind.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
Cautions to the inexperienced, against transferring, renewed.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
- 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 cautions
"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.