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caveat emptor

[kav-ee-aht emp-tawr, -at, kah-vee-, key-; Latin kah-we-aht emp-tohr]
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  1. let the buyer beware: the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for its quality unless it is guaranteed in a warranty.
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Origin of caveat emptor

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1515–25
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British Dictionary definitions for caveat emptor

caveat emptor

  1. the principle that the buyer must bear the risk for the quality of goods purchased unless they are covered by the seller's warranty
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Word Origin for caveat emptor

Latin: let the buyer beware
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Word Origin and History for caveat emptor

Latin, literally "let the buyer beware;" see caveat and second element of exempt (adj.).

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caveat emptor in Culture

Caveat emptor

[(kav-ee-aht, kah-vee-aht emp-tawr)]

Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” It means that a customer should be cautious and alert to the possibility of being cheated: “Caveat emptor is the first rule of buying a used car.”

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