cautious

[ kaw-shuhs ]
/ ˈkɔ ʃəs /

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 forms

Synonym study

See careful.
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British Dictionary definitions for cautiously

cautious

/ (ˈkɔːʃəs) /

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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