Definition of caution in English:

caution

noun

  • 1Care taken to avoid danger or mistakes.

    ‘anyone receiving a suspect package should exercise extreme caution’
    • ‘A coroner has urged climbers to exercise extreme caution when tackling limestone cliffs in the Dales.’
    • ‘Last month the fertility expert Lord Winston urged caution, warning that many obstacles in their use remained.’
    • ‘Extreme caution and care is required and journeys should not be undertaken unless necessary.’
    • ‘Drivers should exercise great caution on both public roads and bush tracks.’
    • ‘Those urging caution note the failure of the euro to go above $1.30, despite ongoing market clatter about dollar weakness.’
    • ‘We understand that most motorists are very understanding and pass with due caution and care, and I would hope that most riders would thank them for this.’
    • ‘Rather, love, and its consequences, is seen as a valuable goal, but one to be pursued with caution and handled with care.’
    • ‘To this effect, he wanted to urge road users locally to exercise care, caution and common sense when getting behind the wheel of a car.’
    • ‘I would ask that those involved in water based activity to exercise the utmost caution and to always play safe.’
    • ‘She remembered Joe's warnings and walked with caution.’
    • ‘It is the duty of an auditor to bring to bear on the work he has to perform that skill, care and caution which a reasonably competent, careful and cautious auditor would use.’
    • ‘The real problem is that they mistake his caution for weakness.’
    • ‘Download with caution and avoid files you can't be sure are safe.’
    • ‘But the Irish Water Safety Association, has urged the public to exercise due caution if contemplating a swim in the cold waters in the coming days.’
    • ‘The Australian government warns travelers to exercise extreme caution.’
    • ‘Extreme caution is urged with men who exhibit severe violence or sociopathic traits.’
    • ‘The caution displayed for many years by the French Conseil d' Etat concerning the supremacy of Community law is mirrored in the case law of other States.’
    • ‘Local estrogen therapy should be used with caution in patients with impaired liver function.’
    • ‘Now that there is a danger of frost it is advisable to drive with caution and avoid rushing.’
    • ‘As a defence of this immunity from action, it has been suggested that the prospect of litigation in such circumstances would cause delay and lead to excessive caution by ministers and officials.’
    care, carefulness, wariness, awareness, heedfulness, heed, attention, attentiveness, alertness, watchfulness, vigilance, circumspection, discretion, prudence, guardedness, chariness, forethought, mindfulness
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    1. 1.1 Warning.
      ‘business advisers have sounded a note of caution’
      • ‘I fully agree with the caution expressed about the use of ‘smart cards.’’
      • ‘Macleod's intervention was supported by constitutional experts yesterday as a vital step to modernise the Royal Family while Scottish Conservatives sounded a note of caution.’
      • ‘Perhaps, then, Vergil's great epic does not aim only to magnify the greatness of Augustus' Rome but also to sound a note of caution or, even, warning.’
      • ‘One man ignored the caution and dropped onto his stomach without so much as waving a flashlight.’
      • ‘The committee issued a formal caution against Mr Clayton's entry on the register.’
      • ‘They had been confident enough in their understanding of the situation to ignore the caution in the manual.’
      • ‘A general note of caution: nothing can be cured by miracles.’
      • ‘The committee issued a formal caution against Connolly's entry on the professional register.’
      • ‘The report waives a flag of caution, warning that resources needed for educational endeavors have been reduced all across the spectrum.’
      • ‘They dismiss questioning of the economy at this juncture with the caution, ‘We should not talk ourselves into a recession’.’
      • ‘It became clear that it wasn't a clear-cut hydraulics failure, as the gauge was reading erratically without the associated warning or caution.’
      • ‘She had dismissed the caution as ‘superfluous and ideological’ but in the midst of the shooting recalled the words.’
      • ‘However, members of the Public and Commercial Services union and Prospect union have met the announcement with a note of caution.’
      • ‘But this caution, Mr. Rummel notes, is not merely about protecting life. It is about protecting science.’
      • ‘Remember the caution of Bill Bryson to the weary consumer - never buy anything you can't make your children carry.’
      • ‘However he sounded a note of caution, warning that the glut of orders could provoke a disturbing crisis in manufacturing capacity locally.’
      • ‘I looked at the fuel total again; the caution made no sense to me with this much fuel.’
      • ‘It is appropriate here to repeat the caution often taught in medical school: When hearing hoof beats, don't look for zebras!’
      • ‘‘Never lock your pets in a closed room, particularly a garage’ - the caution comes from V.R. Bhaskar.’
      • ‘By Thursday, conditions were eased considerably, with no repeat of the disastrous conditions, despite the Met Service continuing to sound a note of caution.’
  • 2informal, dated An amusing or surprising person.

    joker, comedian, comic, humorist, wag, wit, funny man, funny woman, prankster, jokester, clown, buffoon, character
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verb

  • 1[reporting verb] Say something as a warning.

    [with clause] ‘the secretary cautioned that economic uncertainties remained’
    [with direct speech] ‘“Be careful now,” I cautioned’
    • ‘But they are cautioning here that it's too early to say that with any certainty.’
    • ‘Thailand might experience a trade deficit for the first time since the country managed to weather the 1997 economic crisis, KRC cautioned.’
    • ‘‘Any extension should also have a finite timeframe so that such extensions cannot be exploited indefinitely,’ he cautioned.’
    • ‘The State Department cautioned that US facilities worldwide could be closed temporarily ‘to assess security’.’
    • ‘Having sat on city committees and council and served as mayor for the past nine years, Matthews cautioned that the city can't afford to get directly involved in social programs.’
    • ‘De Sosa cautioned, though, that ‘cancel for any reason’ policies don't automatically assure you a refund.’
    • ‘However, oil greases the national economy, and Gref cautioned on Thursday that the sector could be squeezed only so much before the economy started to suffer.’
    • ‘Finally, he calls for consideration of potential economic fallout, cautioning that new developments will inevitably displace older technologies.’
    • ‘Despite the waiter cautioning that some dishes are ‘quite spicy,’ anyone who's accustomed to ethnic foods will find it all very safe and very mild.’
    • ‘He cautions, however, that the interdiction of migrant ships in international waters might be beyond Canada's ability.’
    • ‘The mayor cautioned that the hike in property taxes is needed to comply with the state law requiring him to present a balanced budget.’
    • ‘The American Society of Travel Agents cautions, too, about companies that sell questionable ID cards.’
    • ‘However, the Local Government Management Services Board has cautioned that the figures can be disproportionately affected by a small number of long term absences.’
    • ‘Economic purists caution patience and promise a more efficient electricity market in the future.’
    • ‘‘We've got 10 minutes to make it to your appointment,’ the co-pilot cautioned.’
    • ‘If they have no social contact and no exercise, these dogs are psychologically and physically deprived - a situation dog experts have long cautioned can lead to aggression and attacks.’
    • ‘The organization agreed that a link between DU exposure and cancer has yet to be established but cautioned that its study relied heavily on military data.’
    • ‘And he cautions that all examples of behaviors that benefit individuals in the modern world are not necessarily products of evolution.’
    • ‘However, Mr Neary cautioned that investors would face difficulties and extra costs in selling or buying shares if they opted to hold the share in physical share certificate form.’
    • ‘The airline has repeatedly cautioned about the scale of competition in the low fares airline sector, but it expects to be the winner and become Europe's biggest carrier.’
    1. 1.1caution against[no object] Warn or advise against (doing something)
      ‘advisers have cautioned against tax increases’
      • ‘Tom Soule, a wildlife coordinator for the DNR in northwestern Minnesota, cautions against applying Waller's research in Wisconsin to Minnesota.’
      • ‘In an accompanying editorial, Patriarca commends the study of new options for prevention of influenza but cautions against equating efficacy data with real-life effectiveness at a community level.’
      • ‘The end result of this idea is a broad consensus across the political spectrum that cautions against foreign interventions unless they are required for national security reasons.’
      • ‘Local officials of the American Civil Liberties Union are cautioning the NAACP against pushing for aggressive prosecutions and imprisonment of people who use racial slurs.’
      • ‘He cowrote an editorial in the current issue of The Nation cautioning activists against engaging in any activities that could be spun by the GOP or the media as inappropriate.’
      • ‘And Lowe, who himself is under pressure to succeed this season, cautions against expecting too much too soon from the 22-year-old.’
      • ‘Before concluding, we reiterate the importance of high morale and caution against false rumors, defeatism, uncertainty, and discouragement.’
      • ‘But Cilluffo cautions against over-generalizing about how U.S. authorities treat threats from Canada.’
      • ‘The Natural Child cautions against practices like ignoring a baby's cries to foster self-reliance or having the baby sleep in a separate room.’
      • ‘However, he cautions against cheap supplements that don't contain a standardised extract; a dose of 900 mg - 1,800 mg was used in most trials.’
      • ‘The manager, whose prospects will be enhanced if Ronald De Boer can recover from a calf injury, cautions against adopting tactics designed only to avoid defeat.’
      • ‘However, she cautions against anything too strenuous, as muscle damage is more difficult to repair as we age.’
      • ‘He cautions against trying to professionalise everything as there is a lot to be learnt from traditional construction techniques.’
      • ‘However, he also cautions against unnecessary alarm.’
      • ‘When advising readers on choosing titles carefully, you caution against titles that may be too silly or trite.’
      • ‘McCarthy at Penna stresses the importance of treating middle managers as major contributors to performance but cautions against going too far.’
      • ‘In one of the essays, Feynman, who is one of the 20th century's smartest people, cautions against just this sort of thing in talking about the teaching of science to children.’
      • ‘Brian Boyd, professor of education at Strathclyde University, cautions against the idea of a quick fix.’
      • ‘But he cautions against letting your guard down.’
      • ‘He cautions against listening to physicians who advocate over-the-counter remedies.’
      advise, warn, recommend, counsel, urge, admonish, exhort
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Origin

Middle English (denoting bail or a guarantee): from Latin caution-, from cavere take heed.

Pronunciation

caution

/ˈkôSH(ə)n/