An example of caveat is a police officer telling someone to stop or they'll shoot.
The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown.
This last expression minds me to caveat the Reader, not to be angry at Helebore because it's called Christmas flowre; […]
Origin of caveat
- From Latin let him beware third person sing. present subjunctive of cavēre to beware
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Latin verb form caveat (“he may beware of”), from caveō (“I beware of”).