cautious

[kaw-shuhs]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. cauterize,
  2. cautery,
  3. caution,
  4. caution money,
  5. cautionary,
  6. cautiously,
  7. cauvery,
  8. cav,
  9. cav.,
  10. cava

Origin of cautious

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

Related forms

Synonym study

See careful.

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British Dictionary definitions for cautiously

cautious

adjective

showing or having caution; wary; prudent
Derived Formscautiously, adverbcautiousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for cautiously

cautious

adj.

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

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