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[kav-ee-aht, -at, kah-vee-, key-] /ˈkæv iˌɑt, -ˌæt, ˈkɑ vi-, keɪ-/
a warning or caution; admonition.
Law. a legal notice to a court or public officer to suspend a certain proceeding until the notifier is given a hearing:
a caveat filed against the probate of a will.
< Latin: let him beware, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavēre to take care; see caution Unabridged
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Examples from the web for caveats
  • These tools undoubtedly could help you take care of yourself better, yet there are some caveats that also need to be heeded.
  • The large caveats that inevitably apply to mouse studies still apply here, in spades.
  • There are other caveats about the strength of a recovery.
  • There are some caveats to these new climate predictions, however.
  • The usual needs-more-work caveats apply here, of course.
  • Not surprisingly, the cheaper cuts and color come with a few caveats.
  • Chemistry textbooks typically include illustrations of atoms, but with caveats.
  • There are only two caveats stopping this from being the world champion of trainers.
  • But before community policing is fully embraced, important caveats warrant attention.
  • caveats aside, let's have a look at this year's list in reverse order.
British Dictionary definitions for caveats


/ˈkeɪvɪˌæt; ˈkæv-/
(law) a formal notice requesting the court or officer to refrain from taking some specified action without giving prior notice to the person lodging the caveat
a warning; caution
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, literally: let him beware
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caveats



1540s, from Latin, literally "let him beware," 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavere "to beware, take heed, watch, guard against," from PIE root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (cf. Sanskrit kavih "wise, sage, seer, poet;" Lithuanian kavoti "tend, safeguard;" Armenian cucanem "I show;" Latin cautio "wariness;" Greek koein "to mark, perceive, hear," kydos "glory, fame," literally "that which is heard of;" Old Church Slavonic chujo "to feel, perceive, hear," cudo "wonder," literally "that which is heard of;" Czech (z)koumati "to perceive, be aware of;" Serbian chuvati "watch, heed;" Old English sceawian "to look at" (cf. show (v.)); Middle Dutch schoon "beautiful, bright," properly "showy;" Gothic hausjan "hear").

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