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Meaning of CAVEAT

Pronunciation:  'keyvee`at

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing; "a caveat filed against the probate of a will"
  2. [n]  a warning against certain acts; "a caveat against unfair practices"

CAVEAT is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: caution
 See Also: notice, warning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ca"ve*at\, n. [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of
cavere to be on one's guard to, beware.]
1. (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some
   officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard
   in opposition; as, a caveat entered in a probate court to
   stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of
   administration, etc. --Bouvier.

2. (U. S. Patent Laws) A description of some invention,
   designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office
   before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a
   bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person,
   respecting the same invention.

Note: A caveat is operative for one year only, but may be

3. Intimation of caution; warning; protest.

         We think it right to enter our caveat against a
         conclusion.                           --Jeffrey.

{Caveat emptor} [L.] (Law), let the purchaser beware, i. e.,
   let him examine the article he is buying, and act on his
   own judgment.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A warning; a note of caution.
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