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cautious

[ kaw-shuhs ]
/ ˈkɔ ʃəs /
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adjective

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

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Origin of cautious

First recorded in 1630–40; cauti(on) + -ous

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See careful.

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British Dictionary definitions for cautious

cautious
/ (ˈkɔːʃəs) /

adjective

showing or having caution; wary; prudent

Derived forms of cautious

cautiously, adverbcautiousness, noun
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