Definitions for: Caution

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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;

Synonyms: admonish, care, carefulness, cautiousness, caveat, circumspection, forethought, monish, precaution

Antonyms: incaution, incautiousness

See Also: attentiveness, chariness, discernment, discretion, judiciousness, precaution, wariness, warn, warning

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