What does caveat mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. caveat

    A caveat is a warning, cautionary statement, or condition that should be considered before making a decision or drawing a conclusion. It serves as a precaution or reminder of potential risks, limitations, or exceptions that may be relevant to a certain situation or proposition.

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.

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Anagrams for caveat »

  1. vacate

  2. cavate

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  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. The FGA:

    The one caveat in this is that every state dollar spent on able-bodied adults in a Medicaid program is one less dollar that can be spent on other programs. This is essentially eating up tons of funds at the state level.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Guhan Subramanian:

    With the caveat that I have not been privy to these negotiations, I find the rejection of the settlement by the Xerox board to be extraordinary and highly unusual.

  5. Jose Ruba:

    The government is claiming this will not affect private conversations between a child and her parents, for example, but no such exemption exists in the law, the only exemption they have is this caveat that says as long as you're not trying to favor one sexual orientation over another, you're still allowed to have counseling and conversation. The problem is, what does that mean?

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Translations for caveat

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  • 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

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    restricted to a particular condition of life
    • A. interrupt
    • B. conform
    • C. deny
    • D. obligate

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