Definition of overcautious in English:

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overcautious

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkôSHəs/

adjective

Excessively cautious.
Example sentences
  • An overcautious approach makes for dull environments.
  • When using the roads, we will all notice the reckless or overcautious motorist, but would we pay any attention to the good driver?
  • However, Murphy soon gave the impression that he was a cautious man working for an overcautious board and progress was simply too slow.

Derivatives

overcaution

noun
Example sentences
  • But its organization was weak, it was operationally inexperienced, and from the start it seemed paralysed by overcaution.
  • Conductors welcome their English eccentricity as an antidote to the overcaution that is killing their art.

overcautiously

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkôSHəslē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The criteria for compulsion under this bill have been so widened that many doctors may proceed overcautiously and commit people who don't need it,‘he said.

overcautiousness

noun
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