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.
- hy·per·cau·tious·ly, adverb
- ul·tra·cau·tious·ly, adverb
- un·cau·tious·ly, adverb
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How to use cautiously in a sentence
Buffett, 90, has been cautious during the pandemic, saying in May that his then-record cash pile wasn’t that huge when considering the worst-case possibilities.Warren Buffett is going all in on the vaccine rally, piling into these stocks | Shawn Tully | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
So be especially cautious if you’re flying from an area with an uncontrolled or rising outbreak to an area with lower levels of infection, or vice versa.How risky is air travel in the pandemic? Here’s what the science says. | Brian Resnick | November 12, 2020 | Vox
He was cautious in the beginning, but when he realized how serious I was about it—that I’d do anything I could to get the record, but that my health was even more important to me—once he was confident in that, he jumped on board immediately.
Some within the autonomous vehicle industry, though, would prefer even more cautious terminology.What’s in a name? For Tesla’s Full Self Driving, it may be danger | dzanemorris | November 8, 2020 | Fortune
Authorities are urging drivers to be extra cautious while traveling in highway work zones.Authorities looking for woman who fled scene after her car hit a Virginia State Police vehicle on I-66 | Luz Lazo | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
British commanders then, and British writers later, would maintain they had moved too cautiously.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day | James Jones | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What makes Noah mildly ambivalent, yet cautiously optimistic?The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning | Bill Schulz | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Brakey was cautiously optimistic about his chances in November.
The pilots cautiously edge their way to maximum speed in stages.Branson’s Galactic Obstacles: Tom Bower Puts a Damper on Virgin’s Space Flight Dreams | Clive Irving | January 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Read this if you want to spend the rest of your life cautiously rubbing your neck.The Injuries That Made Peyton Manning and Tom Brady | Ben Teitelbaum | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was no response to the knock, and Davy cautiously pushed open the door and went in.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
She stood at the head of the stairs; she went down a few steps, and listened; then cautiously she descended.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The lascar moved his feet cautiously, and they rustled among dried stumps.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
cautiously we retraced our steps from the lower end of the flat, and turned into the narrow mouth of the canyon.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
For he suspects from his silence that he has so over-cautiously conducted matters that he wishes to conceal his actions.'King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison