[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 overcautious

Historical Examples of overcautious

  • I may be overcautious, but I much prefer a carriage to myself.

  • An overcautious lawyer-like captiousness of spirit in such matters will help no cause and serve no good purpose.

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  • The glory that might have been so easily won was placed beyond my reach by this overcautious imbecile.

  • A hysteric fear of possible loss, an unreasonable distrust of banks and bankers, keeps the overcautious away from the market.

  • You are right in questioning us, for under such situations a soldier had best be overcautious than too credulous.