Definition of caution in English:


Syllabification: cau·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈkôSHən


  • 1Care taken to avoid danger or mistakes: anyone receiving a suspect package should exercise extreme caution
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    • Extreme caution and care is required and journeys should not be undertaken unless necessary.
    • To this effect, he wanted to urge road users locally to exercise care, caution and common sense when getting behind the wheel of a car.
    • The Australian government warns travelers to exercise extreme caution.
  • 1.1Warning: business advisers have sounded a note of caution
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    • However he sounded a note of caution, warning that the glut of orders could provoke a disturbing crisis in manufacturing capacity locally.
    • Perhaps, then, Vergil's great epic does not aim only to magnify the greatness of Augustus' Rome but also to sound a note of caution or, even, warning.
    • The report waives a flag of caution, warning that resources needed for educational endeavors have been reduced all across the spectrum.
  • 2 informal dated An amusing or surprising person.


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  • 1Say something as a warning: [with clause]: the secretary cautioned that economic uncertainties remained [with direct speech]: “Be careful now,” I cautioned
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    • Thailand might experience a trade deficit for the first time since the country managed to weather the 1997 economic crisis, KRC cautioned.
    • Finally, he calls for consideration of potential economic fallout, cautioning that new developments will inevitably displace older technologies.
    • However, oil greases the national economy, and Gref cautioned on Thursday that the sector could be squeezed only so much before the economy started to suffer.
  • 1.1 [no object] (caution against) Warn or advise against (doing something): advisers have cautioned against tax increases
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    • When advising readers on choosing titles carefully, you caution against titles that may be too silly or trite.
    • In an accompanying editorial, Patriarca commends the study of new options for prevention of influenza but cautions against equating efficacy data with real-life effectiveness at a community level.
    • Before concluding, we reiterate the importance of high morale and caution against false rumors, defeatism, uncertainty, and discouragement.
    advise, warn, counsel; admonish, exhort


Middle English (denoting bail or a guarantee): from Latin caution-, from cavere 'take heed'.

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