cautious

  • 1 cautious — cau‧tious [ˈkɔːʆəs ǁ ˈkɒː ] adjective if buyers or investors are cautious, they are unwilling to buy because they feel uncertain about the future: • Seoul investors turned cautious about the market s rapid rises last week, and share prices ended… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Cautious — Cau tious, a. [Cf. L. cautus, fr. caver. See {Caution}.] 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. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 cautious — cautious, circumspect, wary, chary, calculating are comparable when meaning prudently attentive to the dangers one may encounter or the risks one may face, or revealing such attendveness. The same differences in implications and connotations are… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 cautious — index careful, circumspect, deliberate, diffident, discreet, frugal, guarded, hesitant, judicious …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 cautious — mid 17c., from CAUTION (Cf. caution) + OUS (Cf. ous). The Latin word for this was cautus careful, heedful. Related: Cautiously …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 cautious — [adj] careful, guarded alert, all ears*, cagey, calculating, chary, circumspect, considerate, discreet, forethoughtful, gingerly, hedging one’s bets*, heedful, judicious, keeping on one’s toes*, leery, on the lookout*, playing it cool*, playing… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 cautious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ careful to avoid potential problems or dangers. DERIVATIVES cautiously adverb cautiousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 cautious — [kô′shəs] adj. full of caution; careful to avoid danger; circumspect; wary SYN. CAREFUL cautiously adv. cautiousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 cautious — adj. 1) cautious about, of (he was cautious about committing himself; she was cautious of strangers) 2) cautious in (cautious in using firearms) 3) cautious with (be cautious with them) * * * [ kɔːʃəs] of (he was cautious about committing… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 cautious — 01. Scientists have to be very [cautious] in applying this new cloning technology. 02. Don t worry, he s a very [cautious] driver. 03. The sign said, Men at work on highway, proceed with [caution]. 04. Extreme [caution] should be taken when… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 cautious — adjective Date: 1614 marked by or given to caution < cautious investors > < cautious optimism > • cautiously adverb • cautiousness noun Synonyms: cautious, circumspect, wary, chary mean …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 cautious — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become, get, grow ▪ remain ▪ make sb ▪ Her experiences have made her cautious …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 cautious — cau|tious [ˈko:ʃəs US ˈko: ] adj careful to avoid danger or risks →↑caution ▪ a cautious driver ▪ a cautious approach to the crisis ▪ The air pollution board has reacted with cautious optimism to the announcement. cautious about (doing) sth ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 cautious — [[t]kɔ͟ːʃəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ about n/ ing Someone who is cautious acts very carefully in order to avoid possible danger. The scientists are cautious about using enzyme therapy on humans... He is a very cautious man. Syn: careful… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 cautious — cau|tious [ kɔʃəs ] adjective * careful to avoid problems or danger: Perhaps a more cautious approach would bring better results. The new principal gave a cautious welcome to developments in the neighborhood (=was pleased but careful not to be… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 cautious — adjective careful to avoid danger or risks: a cautious driver | cautious about doing sth: I ve always been very cautious about giving my address to strangers. | cautious optimism (=hopes for a good result while being careful not to expect too… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 cautious */ — UK [ˈkɔːʃəs] / US [ˈkɔʃəs] adjective careful to avoid problems or danger Perhaps a more cautious approach would bring better results. The new principal gave a cautious welcome to developments in the neighbourhood (= was pleased but careful not to …

    English dictionary

  • 18 cautious — Prudent; in a secondary sense, the term, standing without the qualification of reasonably, implies, to some people at least, the idea of being fearful, timorous, or overly prudent. Jenkins v Gilligan, 131 Iowa 176, 108 NW 237. There may be an… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 19 cautious — cautiously, adv. cautiousness, n. /kaw sheuhs/, adj. showing, using, or characterized by caution: a cautious man; To be cautious is often to show wisdom. [1630 40; CAUTI(ON) + OUS] Syn. prudent, guarded, wary, chary, circumspect, watchful,… …

    Universalium

  • 20 cautious — adjective /ˈkɔːʃəs/ careful; using or exercising caution; tentative He took a few cautious steps out the door. Ant: neglecting, careless …

    Wiktionary


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