Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger
  2. (noun, attribute) the trait of being circumspect and prudent
  3. (noun, cognition) judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
    he handled the vase with care
  4. (noun, communication) a warning against certain acts
  5. (verb, communication) warn strongly; put on guard

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Antonyms of Caution


Alternate forms of Caution

Derivations: caution, cautionary, cautious

Hyponyms: chariness, precaution, wariness

Hypernyms: attentiveness, discernment, discretion, judiciousness, warn, warning

Origin of the word Caution

  1. c.1300, "bail, guarantee, pledge," from O.Fr., "security, surety," from L. cautionem (nom. cautio), from cautus pp. of cavere "to be on one's guard" (see caveat). The Latin sense re-emerged in Eng. 16c.-17c. The verb sense of "to warn" is from 1640s. more

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