- showing, using, or characterized by caution: a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom.
Origin of cautious
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prudent, guarded, wary, chary, circumspect, watchful, vigilant.
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From what I know of our young brother, I am satisfied he will proceed most cautiously.
Cautiously they placed them in the baskets on their backs and then retraced their steps.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
Cautiously he drew back, still looking about for some means to cross the chasm.
Cautiously he approached one of the four doors which opened from the living room.
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- showing or having caution; wary; prudent
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Word Origin and History for cautiously
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