What does caution mean?

Definitions for caution
ˈkɔ ʃəncau·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caution, cautiousness, carefulnessnoun

    the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger

    "a man of caution"

  2. caution, caveatnoun

    a warning against certain acts

    "a caveat against unfair practices"

  3. caution, precaution, care, forethoughtnoun

    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

    "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"

  4. circumspection, cautionverb

    the trait of being circumspect and prudent

  5. caution, admonish, monishverb

    warn strongly; put on guard


  1. cautionnoun

    Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.

  2. cautionnoun

    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.

  3. cautionnoun

    Security; guaranty; bail.

  4. cautionnoun

    One that gives rise to attention or astonishment

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

  5. cautionverb

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

  6. Etymology: Recorded since 1297, "bail, guarantee, pledge", from "security, surety" itself from cautio, from cautus, the past participle of cavere "to be on one's guard"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAUTIONnoun

    Etymology: caution, Fr. cautio, Lat.

    Such conditions, and cautions of the condition, as might assure the people with as much assurance as worldly matters bear. Philip Sidney.

    The Cedar, upon this new acquest, gave him part of Bacharia for caution for his disbursements. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    The parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted. Edward Hyde.

    He that objects any crime, ought to give caution by the means of sureties, that he will persevere in the prosecution of such crimes. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    In despite of all the rules and cautions of government, the most dangerous and mortal of vices will come off. Roger L'Estrange.

    Attention to the forementioned symptoms affords the best cautions and rules of diet, by way of prevention. Arbuthnot.

  2. To Cautionverb

    To warn: to give notice of a danger.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    How shall our thought avoid the various snare?
    Or wisdom to our caution’d soul declare
    The diff’rent shapes thou pleasest to employ,
    When bent to hurt, and certain to destroy? Matthew Prior.

    You caution’d me against their charms,
    But never gave me equal arms;
    Your lessons found the weakest part,
    Aim’d at the head, but reach’d the heart. Jonathan Swift.


  1. caution

    Caution is the care and attentiveness taken to avoid potential harm, danger, or damaging situations. It involves being alert and prepared in order to mitigate risks. It is a proactive behavior that includes anticipating possible issues and acting carefully to prevent undesirable outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cautionnoun

    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. Cautionnoun

    security; guaranty; bail

  3. Cautionnoun

    precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction

  4. Cautionverb

    to give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed


  1. Caution

    Caution is an album by the band Hot Water Music and released by Epitaph Records on October 8, 2002.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caution

    kaw′shun, n. heedfulness: security: warning: a surety: (Scot.) bail.—v.t. to warn to take care.—adj. Cau′tionary, containing caution: given as a pledge.—ns. Cau′tioner, one who cautions or advises: (Scots law) a surety; Cau′tionry, the act of giving security for another.—adj. Cau′tious, possessing or using caution: watchful: prudent.—adv. Cau′tiously.—n. Cau′tiousness.—Caution money, money paid in advance as security for good behaviour. [Fr.,—L. caution-emcavēre, to beware.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. caution

    An explanation given previous to the word of command, by which soldiers are called to attention, that they may execute any given movement with unanimity and correctness.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'caution' in Nouns Frequency: #2512

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caution in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of caution in a Sentence

  1. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.

  2. Stephen Worrell:

    This is by no means a panic or trend-inducing kind of caution, but there is some uncertainty about whether the yuan devaluation is part of a controlled stimulus plan or a sign that Beijing is blinking in the face of greater weakness to come, and uncertainty always warrants caution.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

  4. Thomas Dawson:

    For U.S. insurers in general, I suspect there is some caution with respect to SOGAZ, which is so far as I am aware not itself a sanctioned entity.

  5. Matt Kenseth:

    There's a debris caution and you can't find debris anywhere, of course, the leader always thinks that, I guess. But I didn't see any (debris) that caution or the next one, so that's always disappointing.

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  • الحذرArabic
  • внимание, предпазливост, благоразумие, предупреждавамBulgarian
  • সতর্কীকরণBengali
  • advarsel, sikkerhed, kaution, varsomhed, forsigtighed, garanti, advareDanish
  • Kaution, verwarnen, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Warnung, Behutsamkeit, warnenGerman
  • προειδοποιώ, προσοχή, περίσκεψη, προφύλαξη, προσεκτικότηταGreek
  • precaución, cautela, cuidado, advertir, advertencia, fianzaSpanish
  • huomio, ohjenuora, neuvo, varovaisuus, teroittaa, varoittaa, neuvoa, varoitus, tarkkaavaisuus, huolellisuusFinnish
  • avertirFrench
  • सावधानीHindi
  • figyelmeztet, figyelmeztetés, óvatosság, óvadék, óvás, óvHungarian
  • cautelaItalian
  • 注意Japanese
  • ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆKannada
  • cautela, cautioLatin
  • kausjon, advare, fraråde, varsomhet, advarsel, aktpågivenhet, forsiktighetNorwegian
  • waarschuwen, borgsom, garantie, waarborg, voorzichtigheid, omzichtigheid, manen, borg, voorzorg, waarschuwingDutch
  • cuidado, caução, advertência, cautela, advertir, garantiaPortuguese
  • осторожность, предупреждение, предостережение, поручительствоRussian
  • опрезSerbo-Croatian
  • احتیاطUrdu
  • prüdVolapük

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