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caveat emptor

[kav-ee-aht emp-tawr, -at, kah-vee-, key-; Latin kah-we-aht emp-tohr] /ˈkæv iˌɑt ˈɛmp tɔr, -ˌæt, ˈkɑ vi-, keɪ-; Latin ˈkɑ wɛˌɑt ˈɛmp toʊr/
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.
Origin of caveat emptor
1515-25; < Latin Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for caveat-emptor

caveat emptor

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

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

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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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