Definition of cautious in English:

cautious

Syllabification: cau·tious
Pronunciation: /ˈkôSHəs
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a person) careful to avoid potential problems or dangers: a cautious driver
    More example sentences
    • Most pickpockets are cautious thieves hoping to avoid any kind of confrontation.
    • You know that there are people and situations in your life that you need to be cautious and careful about.
    • We have been careful and cautious: we don't have Scottish in our name for nothing.
    Synonyms
    careful, heedful, attentive, alert, watchful, vigilant, circumspect, prudent; cagey, canny
  • 1.1(Of an action) characterized by the desire to avoid potential problems: the plan received a cautious welcome
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    • The attitudes many of these young people had developed were both cautious and illiberal.
    • But the scheme has received a cautious welcome from traders and business groups.
    • Traders in Wood Street in Old Town have given a cautious welcome to a parking meter that arrived two weeks ago.

Derivatives

cautiously

adverb
More example sentences
  • The game had started off slowly and cautiously but it did not take long to find its tempo.
  • He circled the house slowly and cautiously, looking for any obvious points where he might be able to enter.
  • Slowly and cautiously he leant against the door, he reached for the handle and began to turn it.

cautiousness

noun
More example sentences
  • But I think there are many reasons for cautiousness and carefulness.
  • I understand the cautiousness of parents: I am one.
  • His foreign policy was characterised by cautiousness and a patient wait-and-see attitude.

Origin

mid 17th century: from caution, on the pattern of pairs such as ambition, ambitious.

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