What does caveat mean?

Definitions for caveat
ˈkæv iˌɑt, -ˌæt, ˈkɑ vi-, keɪ-caveat

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caution, caveatnoun

    a warning against certain acts

    "a caveat against unfair practices"

  2. caveatnoun

    (law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing

    "a caveat filed against the probate of a will"


  1. caveatnoun

    a warning

  2. caveatnoun

    a qualification or exception

    He gave his daughter some hyacinth bulbs with the caveat that she plant them in the shade.

  3. caveatnoun

    a notice requesting a postponement of a court proceeding

  4. caveatnoun

    a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system

  5. caveatverb

    To qualify a particular statement with a proviso or caveat

  6. caveatverb

    To lodge a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system

  7. caveatverb

    To issue a notice requesting that proceedings be suspended

  8. caveatverb

    To warn or caution against some event

  9. Etymology: From the verb form caveat, from caveo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Caveatnoun

    A caveat is an intimation given to some ordinary or ecclesiastical judge by the act of man, notifying to him, that he ought to beware how he acts in such or such an affair. John Ayliffe

    Etymology: caveat, Lat. let him beware.

    The chiefest caveat in reformation must be to keep out the Scots. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    I am in danger of commencing poet, perhaps laureat; pray desire Mr. Rowe to enter a caveat. William Trumbull, to Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caveatnoun

    a notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition; as, a caveat entered in a probate court to stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of administration, etc

  2. Caveatnoun

    a description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention

  3. Caveatnoun

    intimation of caution; warning; protest

  4. Etymology: [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere to be on one's guard to, beware.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caveat

    kā′ve-at, n. a notice or warning: a formal warning, entered in the books of a court or public office, that no step shall be taken in a particular matter without notice to the person lodging the caveat, so that he may appear and object. [L., 'let him take care'—cavēre, to take care.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. caveat

    A designator used with a classification to further limit the dissemination of restricted information.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce caveat?

How to say caveat in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caveat in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caveat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of caveat in a Sentence

  1. Sophia Nelson:

    The right women, i want to caveat that. And again, I don't mean to be mean or catty but ... I know a lot of women in power positions that don't help other women but there are a lot of women in power positions that do.

  2. Dayna Dreger:

    If you come here and help us grow our sheep industry, we will give you land, we will give you sheep, and we will make this work. But the caveat is, if you need a dog to do what you need to do, then you have to bring the dog with you.

  3. Treva Lindsey:

    People will say, ‘I’m really sad this whole scenario happened, but had she not had that knife ….’ That becomes the ‘but,’ the qualifier, the caveat, and too often we have a caveat when it comes to defending, protecting, and caring for Black girls.

  4. Kris Kobach:

    Ultimately it’s his call, there will be a great deal of consistency between the platform and President-elect Trump’s policies – that is, with the caveat that every decision is the president’s decision.

  5. Barun Mathema:

    Nobody is a 100% sure, if you read carefully, there will always be a bit of a wiggle room caveat.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for caveat

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مذكرة قانونيةArabic
  • upozornění, varováníCzech
  • advarselDanish
  • Einspruch, Widerspruch, Warnung, Ausnahme, Vorbehalt, PatentanmeldungGerman
  • condición, aviso, reserva, advertenciaSpanish
  • varoitusFinnish
  • avertissementFrench
  • אזהרהHebrew
  • intés, óvás, figyelmeztetésHungarian
  • avvertimento, avvisoItalian
  • waarschuwing, voorbehoud, uitzonderingDutch
  • zastrzeżeniePolish
  • isenção, qualificação, notificação, avisoPortuguese
  • avertismentRomanian
  • уточнение, предуведомление, [[ходатайство]] [[о]] [[приостановка, предостережение, предупреждение, толкование, разъяснение, пояснениеRussian
  • upozorenjeSerbo-Croatian
  • opozoriloSlovene
  • varning, förbehåll, brasklappSwedish
  • kayıt, uyarı, şerh, askı başvurusu, kısıtlama, ikazTurkish
  • báo trướcVietnamese
  • 警告Chinese

Get even more translations for caveat »


Find a translation for the caveat definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these caveat definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "caveat." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 26 Sep. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/caveat>.

    Are we missing a good definition for caveat? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    dark and gloomy
    • A. bonzer
    • B. bristly
    • C. jejune
    • D. tenebrous

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for caveat: