One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.
warning, caution, admonition, monition, red flag, alarm bellsView synonyms
- ‘Promises are vague and hedged about with caveats.’
- ‘The caveat regarding government figures is a necessary health warning.’
- ‘None of these caveats appeared in the statement Goldsmith published in the House of Lords, on 17 March after giving a summary of his advice to the Cabinet.’
- ‘Those caveats aside, the study gives a provocative look at how one of the world's most rapidly developing regions may look in 20 years' time.’
- ‘One should begin by acknowledging some obvious caveats and qualifications.’
- ‘As a second caveat, I also reserve the right to say no to a book, if I'm really opposed to it for some reason or another.’
- ‘Mr Tarn said that the guidance being issued to schools on random drugs testing included many caveats, and schools were being advised to proceed with caution.’
- ‘That simple gesture undercuts all the caveats, qualifications and circumlocutions.’
- ‘I want to make a proviso, a caveat, that we may have slipped past earlier.’
- ‘It would be easier for us to not have to sift through the caveats and restrictions on every sale and rebate, and apparently it would be better for you, too.’
- ‘After that, all the normal caveats of property purchase apply - including making sure there is good title and you will own what you think you are paying for.’
- ‘However, some caveats and limitations must be noted.’
- ‘But in America, we choose to ignore the caveat about conditions at our peril.’
- ‘Later the script began to talk of keeping vaccination ‘under review’ followed by a caveat listing its limitations.’
- ‘Well, with the caveats that I just made, I think we can say that is true.’
- ‘They omitted the intelligence agencies' caveats, cautions, and dissenting views.’
- ‘Even school nurses, who straddle the two worlds of school employees and medicine, generally agree, with some caveats.’
- ‘It is now clear that in many ways the intelligence services got it wrong; but their assessments included serious caveats, qualifications and cautions.’
- ‘But it is also liberally sprinkled with caveats and warnings as to the difficulties in turning up more evidence.’
- ‘Despite all these caveats, it is true that many readers will be surprised to learn that there were many more British soldiers killed at Gallipoli than Australian.’
- 1.1Law A notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.
- ‘Further, the forest department too, was asked to file a caveat before the High Court to prevent the encroachers from obtaining a stay.’
- ‘According to the next sentence, the wife could have registered what we would call a caveat and she could only do that if she had a proprietary interest.’
- ‘Had the caveats been upheld a marriage certificate could not have been issued and the civil wedding at Windsor Guildhall would not have gone ahead.’
- ‘When the Sheriff Clerk receives a petition against which a caveat has been lodged, it is his responsibility to give intimation to the caveator.’
- ‘One sees the point that is raised, but one can also see the caveat that has been put forward in the terms of the tenancy agreement to which I have referred.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, literally ‘let a person beware’.
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