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[kaw-shuh s] /ˈkɔ ʃəs/
showing, using, or characterized by caution:
a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom.
Origin of cautious
1630-40; cauti(on) + -ous
Related forms
cautiously, adverb
cautiousness, noun
hypercautious, adjective
hypercautiously, adverb
hypercautiousness, noun
supercautious, adjective
ultracautious, adjective
ultracautiously, adverb
ultracautiousness, noun
uncautious, adjective
uncautiously, adverb
uncautiousness, noun
prudent, guarded, wary, chary, circumspect, watchful, vigilant. See careful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cautious
  • The consequence is that his exploration of human woes will, henceforth, be guarded and cautious.
  • Although he was cautious-using encrypted e-mail to communicate with a reporter-his leak was discovered.
  • Reading this book will keep you eyeing the shoots of modern elections with a cautious glance.
  • One cautious tip for any visitors suffering from seasonal allergies.
  • Know prudent, cautious, self-control is wisdom's root.
  • The latter case, it is true, requires a much more cautious exercise of compulsion than the former.
  • The coward calls himself cautious, the miser thrifty.
  • The cautious reply will be something out of which psychic pains could have and should have been formed.
  • Many party bosses have dug in their heels to resist this and cautious delegates have shied away from challenging them.
  • If cautious firms pile up more savings, the prospects for recovery are poor.
British Dictionary definitions for cautious


showing or having caution; wary; prudent
Derived Forms
cautiously, adverb
cautiousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cautious

1640s, from caution + -ous. The Latin word for this was cautus "careful, heedful." Related: Cautiously; cautiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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