Definition of cautiously in English:



  • In a way that deliberately avoids potential problems or dangers.

    ‘we must proceed cautiously’
    ‘such laws have been cautiously welcomed’
    • ‘They laughed with their friends as if they had all the time in the world, but still watched the clock cautiously, lest they miss their bus.’
    • ‘The film is cautiously optimistic in its portrayal of how intense love can transcend death.’
    • ‘The camera is now a portal through which we may spy cautiously on his hapless world of emotionally isolated human beings.’
    • ‘The artist appears to have forgotten, or cautiously avoided, his revolutionary ideals.’
    • ‘She got cautiously back to her feet, but didn't walk any nearer.’
    • ‘I strolled cautiously toward it and twisted the doorknob carefully.’
    • ‘It may be anticipated that the court will exercise the power cautiously and only in appropriate circumstances.’
    • ‘The introductory words seem to be very cautiously expressed.’
    • ‘This principle is sparingly and cautiously used and may never be employed to imply a term in conflict with the express terms of the text.’
    • ‘She peeked cautiously this way and that—there was no sign of the usual chaos caused by the goat's antics.’