cautious

[kaw-shuhs]

adjective

showing, using, or characterized by caution: a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom.

Origin of cautious

First recorded in 1630–40; cauti(on) + -ous
Related formscau·tious·ly, adverbcau·tious·ness, nounhy·per·cau·tious, adjectivehy·per·cau·tious·ly, adverbhy·per·cau·tious·ness, nounsu·per·cau·tious, adjectiveul·tra·cau·tious, adjectiveul·tra·cau·tious·ly, adverbul·tra·cau·tious·ness, nounun·cau·tious, adjectiveun·cau·tious·ly, adverbun·cau·tious·ness, noun

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See careful.
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cautious

adjective

showing or having caution; wary; prudent
Derived Formscautiously, adverbcautiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cautious
adj.

1640s, from caution + -ous. The Latin word for this was cautus "careful, heedful." Related: Cautiously; cautiousness.

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