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caveat

[ kav-ee-aht, -at, kah-vee-, key- ]
/ ˈkæv iˌɑt, -ˌæt, ˈkɑ vi-, keɪ- /
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noun

a warning or caution; admonition.
Law. a legal notice to a court or public officer to suspend a certain proceeding until the notifier is given a hearing: a caveat filed against the probate of a will.

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Origin of caveat

<Latin: let him beware, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavēre to take care; see caution
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British Dictionary definitions for caveat

caveat
/ (ˈkeɪvɪˌæt, ˈkæv-) /

noun

law a formal notice requesting the court or officer to refrain from taking some specified action without giving prior notice to the person lodging the caveat
a warning; caution

Word Origin for caveat

C16: from Latin, literally: let him beware
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