Definition of caveat in English:


Syllabification: ca·ve·at
Pronunciation: /ˈkavēˌät, ˈkäv-


  • 1A warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.
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    • But it is also liberally sprinkled with caveats and warnings as to the difficulties in turning up more evidence.
    • But in America, we choose to ignore the caveat about conditions at our peril.
    • Later the script began to talk of keeping vaccination ‘under review’ followed by a caveat listing its limitations.
    warning, caution, admonition; proviso, condition, stipulation, provision, clause, rider, qualification
  • 1.1 Law A notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.
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    • When the Sheriff Clerk receives a petition against which a caveat has been lodged, it is his responsibility to give intimation to the caveator.
    • According to the next sentence, the wife could have registered what we would call a caveat and she could only do that if she had a proprietary interest.
    • One sees the point that is raised, but one can also see the caveat that has been put forward in the terms of the tenancy agreement to which I have referred.


mid 16th century: from Latin, literally 'let a person beware'.

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