Caution definition

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A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed.

I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet.

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A cautious action; a precaution.

The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent.

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To warn or admonish.

Cautioned him not to go swimming alone; cautioned that the findings were not conclusive.

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Prudence or restraint in action or decision.

Advised caution in choosing a school.

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A warning; admonition.
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The act or practice of being cautious; wariness.
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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.

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To caution is defined as to warn.

An example of caution is when you warn someone to be careful because the floor is wet.

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(informal) One that is striking or alarming.
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Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm.
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Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk.

The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution.

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To give a warning or admonishment.

Cautioned against overeating.

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A word, sign, etc. by which warning is given.
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(informal, former) A person or thing provoking notice, comment, attention, etc.
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To urge to be cautious; warn; admonish.
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Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.
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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.
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Security; guaranty; bail.
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One who gives rise to attention or astonishment.

Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.

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To warn; to alert, advise that caution is warranted.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
caution
Plural:
cautions

Origin of caution

  • Middle English caucioun from Old French caution from Latin cautiō cautiōn- from cautus past participle of cavēre to take care

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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"

    From Wiktionary