caveat

[kav-ee-aht, -at, kah-vee-, key-]
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noun
  1. a warning or caution; admonition.
  2. 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

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

admonition, monition, alarm, caution, forewarning, sign

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British Dictionary definitions for caveat

caveat

noun
  1. 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
  2. a warning; caution

Word Origin for caveat

C16: from Latin, literally: let him beware
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Word Origin and History for caveat
n.

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").

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