- 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.
Origin of caveat
Examples from the Web for caveat
The one caveat: Asprey advises only buying butter made from grass-fed or pastured cows.Bulletproof Coffee and the Case for Butter as a Health Food
December 27, 2014
Hulagu then gave his men licence to rape, kill and plunder with the caveat that Christians and Jews were to be spared.In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History
August 16, 2014
Instead, MacMillan has the temerity to issue a caveat mid-thrust.‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas
May 30, 2014
But then, just when we feared that the Cox we suspected we knew was about to get too schmaltzy, too idyllic, she adds a caveat.Courteney Cox Gets Personal About Her Directorial Debut, ‘Just Before I Go’
April 29, 2014
Such a caveat is welcoming after having been force-fed the western canon by certain others.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
This plan is preferred by many inventors to filing a caveat.Practical Pointers for Patentees
That sense of caveat donor was perhaps their most pathetic characteristic.The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete
A gentleman: that was an argument against which it was futile to enter a caveat.The Goose Man
But, if he does, he can at once enter a caveat in the Probate Registry.The Herapath Property
J. S. Fletcher
I felt I must give you the opportunity of entering a caveat.Lady Lilith
- 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 and History for caveat
1540s, from Latin, literally "let him beware," 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavere "to beware, take heed, watch, guard against," from PIE root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (cf. Sanskrit kavih "wise, sage, seer, poet;" Lithuanian kavoti "tend, safeguard;" Armenian cucanem "I show;" Latin cautio "wariness;" Greek koein "to mark, perceive, hear," kydos "glory, fame," literally "that which is heard of;" Old Church Slavonic chujo "to feel, perceive, hear," cudo "wonder," literally "that which is heard of;" Czech (z)koumati "to perceive, be aware of;" Serbian chuvati "watch, heed;" Old English sceawian "to look at" (cf. show (v.)); Middle Dutch schoon "beautiful, bright," properly "showy;" Gothic hausjan "hear").