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caveat Line breaks: cav¦eat
Pronunciation: /ˈkavɪat/

Definition of caveat in English:


1A warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations: there are a number of caveats which concern the validity of the assessment results
More example sentences
  • 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, monition, red flag, alarm bells;
proviso, condition, stipulation, provision, clause, rider, qualification, restriction, reservation, limitation, strings
1.1 Law A notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.
Example sentences
  • 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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