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Meaning of CAUTION

Pronunciation:  'koshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger; "a man of caution"
  2. [n]  the trait of being circumspect and prudent
  3. [n]  judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
  4. [n]  a warning against certain acts; "a caveat against unfair practices"
  5. [v]  warn strongly; put on guard

CAUTION is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: admonish, care, carefulness, cautiousness, caveat, circumspection, forethought, monish, precaution
 Antonyms: incaution, incautiousness
 See Also: attentiveness, chariness, discernment, discretion, judiciousness, precaution, wariness, warn, warning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cau"tion\, n. [F. caution a security, L. cautio, fr.
    cavere (For scavere) to be on one's guard, to take care
    (orig.) to be on the watch, see; akin to E. show.]
    1. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in
       order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in
       regard to danger; provident care; wariness.
    2. Security; guaranty; bail. [R.]
             The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient
             caution that the war should be prosecuted.
    3. Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation
       to wariness; advice; injunction.
             In way of caution I must tell you.    --Shak.
    {Caution money}, money deposited by way of security or
       guaranty, as by a student at an English university.
    Syn: Care; forethought; forecast; heed; prudence;
         watchfulness; vigilance; circumspection; anxiety;
         providence; counsel; advice; warning; admonition.
  2. \Cau"tion\ v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cautioned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Cautioning}.]
    To give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take
          You cautioned me against their charms.   --Swift.
  3. \Cau"tion\, n. (Civil & Scots Law)
    A pledge, bond, or other security for the performance of an
    obligation either in or out of judicial proceedings; the
    promise or contract of one not for himself but another;
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