[ kaw-shuhs-lee ]
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  1. in a way that shows alertness and prudence in a hazardous or uncertain situation; carefully; warily: He stepped cautiously onto the loose planks.I am cautiously optimistic that both parties will accept the compromise.

Origin of cautiously

First recorded in 1610–20; cautious + -ly

Other words from cautiously

  • hy·per·cau·tious·ly, adverb
  • ul·tra·cau·tious·ly, adverb
  • un·cau·tious·ly, adverb

Words Nearby cautiously Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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