What does caution mean?

Definitions for caution
ˈkɔ ʃəncau·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word caution.

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"

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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  1. caution

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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. Exxon Mobil Corp:

    In an abundance of caution, the refinery activated the Crenshaw Boulevard barriers and the Torrance Fire Department sounded the community warning sirens to alert the public to shelter in place.

  2. Republican Governor Doug Ducey:

    This is not a green light to speed, this is a green light to proceed, and we're going to proceed with caution.

  3. Andy Slavitt:

    There is a bit of a split personality in how people react, ron DeSantis will probably go running mask-less into ICU wards without fear. But people in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, California and Pacific Northwest are going to display more caution.

  4. Santa Cruz:

    We were able to meet up with the kayaker and get him out of the water and actually did determine that it was true predatory attack on a water craft, and, so out of an abundance of caution, we go ahead and posted in the beaches and have completely limited water access for the next four days.

  5. Ken Polcari:

    A lot of people are sensing you might get the news over the weekend, so you have a lot of caution going into today.

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  • الحذرArabic
  • внимание, благоразумие, предупреждавам, предпазливостBulgarian
  • সতর্কীকরণBengali
  • forsigtighed, sikkerhed, advarsel, garanti, advare, kaution, varsomhedDanish
  • warnen, Kaution, Behutsamkeit, Warnung, verwarnen, Vorsicht, AchtsamkeitGerman
  • προσοχή, προειδοποιώ, προσεκτικότητα, προφύλαξη, περίσκεψηGreek
  • cautela, advertencia, fianza, precaución, advertir, cuidadoSpanish
  • neuvo, neuvoa, ohjenuora, tarkkaavaisuus, varovaisuus, teroittaa, huomio, varoitus, huolellisuus, varoittaaFinnish
  • avertirFrench
  • सावधानीHindi
  • figyelmeztet, figyelmeztetés, óvás, óvatosság, óv, óvadékHungarian
  • cautelaItalian
  • 注意Japanese
  • cautela, cautioLatin
  • forsiktighet, advare, advarsel, aktpågivenhet, kausjon, fraråde, varsomhetNorwegian
  • garantie, waarschuwen, waarborg, omzichtigheid, waarschuwing, voorzorg, voorzichtigheid, borg, borgsom, manenDutch
  • cuidado, advertir, cautela, advertência, caução, garantiaPortuguese
  • предостережение, поручительство, предупреждение, осторожностьRussian
  • опрезSerbo-Croatian
  • احتیاطUrdu
  • prüdVolapük

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. cosmopolitan
    • B. busy
    • C. frantic
    • D. profound

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