cautious
adjective Date: 1614 marked by or given to caution <
cautious investors
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<
cautious optimism
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cautiously adverbcautiousness noun Synonyms: cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean prudently watchful and discreet in the face of danger or risk. cautious implies the exercise of forethought usually prompted by fear of danger <
a cautious driver
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. circumspect suggests less fear and stresses the surveying of all possible consequences before acting or deciding <
circumspect in his business dealings
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. wary emphasizes suspiciousness and alertness in watching for danger and cunning in escaping it <
keeps a wary eye on the competition
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. chary implies a cautious reluctance to give, act, or speak freely <
chary of signing papers without having read them first
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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