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Meaning of CAUTIOUS

Pronunciation:  'koshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"
  2. [adj]  unwilling to take risks
  3. [adj]  cautious in attitude and careful in actions; prudent; "a cautious answer"; "very cautious about believing everything she was told"
  4. [adj]  showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"
  5. [adj]  avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate"

CAUTIOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cagey, cagy, careful, chary, conservative, dilatory, fabian, gingerly, guarded, moderate, overcautious, restrained, timid, unadventurous
 Antonyms: brave, incautious
 See Also: people



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cau"tious\, a. [Cf. L. cautus, fr. caver. See
Attentive to examine probable effects and consequences of
acts with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent;
circumspect; wary; watchful; as, a cautious general.

      Cautious feeling for another's pain.     --Byron.

      Be swift to hear; but cautious of your tongue. --Watts.

Syn: Wary; watchful; vigilant; prudent; circumspect;
     discreet; heedful; thoughtful; scrupulous; anxious;

Usage: {Cautious}, {Wary}, {Circumspect}. A man is cautious
       who realizes the constant possibility of danger; one
       may be wary, and yet bold and active; a man who is
       circumspect habitually examines things on every side
       in order to weigh and deliberate. It is necessary to
       be cautious at all times; to be wary in cases of
       extraordinary danger; to be circumspect in matters of
       peculiar delicacy and difficulty.

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