- The definition of a caution is a warning, or is the act of expressing care because of potential risk or danger.
- An example of a caution is a warning issued that a surface is very hot.
- An example of caution is when you drive slowly and carefully.
- To caution is defined as to warn.
An example of caution is when you warn someone to be careful because the floor is wet.
This sign cautions you that the floor is wet.
- a warning; admonition
- a word, sign, etc. by which warning is given
- the act or practice of being cautious; wariness
- ☆ Informal a person or thing provoking notice, comment, attention, etc.
Origin of cautionMiddle English caucioun ; from Classical Latin cautio ; from cautus, past participle of cavere, to be on one's guard: see hear
- a. Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm.b. Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk: The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution.
- Prudence or restraint in action or decision: advised caution in choosing a school.
- A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed: I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet.
- A cautious action; a precaution: The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent.
- Informal One that is striking or alarming.
verbcau·tioned, cau·tion·ing, cau·tions
Origin of cautionMiddle English caucioun, from Old French caution, from Latin cautiō, cautiōn-, from cautus, past participle of cavēre, to take care.
- Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.
- 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.
- Security; guaranty; bail.
- One who gives rise to attention or astonishment.
- Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.
- A formal warning given as an alternative to prosecution in minor cases.
(third-person singular simple present cautions, present participle cautioning, simple past and past participle cautioned)
Recorded since 1297, "bail, guarantee, pledge", from Old French "security, surety" itself from Latin cautio, from cautus, the past participle of cavere "to be on one's guard"