[oh-ver-kaw-shuh s]


excessively or unnecessarily cautious: Sometimes it doesn't pay to be overcautious in business.

Origin of overcautious

First recorded in 1700–10; over- + cautious
Related formso·ver·cau·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·cau·tious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for over-cautious

Historical Examples of over-cautious

  • "Fanfulla, you are over-cautious," he said, with an easy smile.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • Better be venturesome with both for God's sake, than over-cautious, over-thrifty.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • These were characterised by over-cautious and minute legislation.

    St. John's College, Cambridge

    Robert Forsyth Scott

  • The situation was so critical that Deerfoot perhaps was over-cautious.

  • It was one of the miscalculations to which an over-cautious cunning is prone.

    Sophy of Kravonia

    Anthony Hope

Word Origin and History for over-cautious

1706, from over- + cautious. Related: Over-cautiously; over-cautiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper