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Line breaks: cau|tious
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːʃəs

Definition of cautious in English:


1(Of a person) careful to avoid potential problems or dangers: a cautious driver firms have been unusually cautious about hiring new workers
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.
1.1(Of an action) characterized by the desire to avoid potential problems or dangers: the plan received a cautious welcome
More example sentences
  • 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.


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



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.


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.

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