Definition of overcautious in US English:

overcautious

adjective

  • Excessively cautious.

    • ‘Some journalists missed the opportunity because they were overcautious and tended to shackle themselves.’
    • ‘One wonders if he is being overcautious, since there is a developmental thread connecting his four cases.’
    • ‘The weathermen became overcautious and even attempted to evade the media.’
    • ‘However, Murphy soon gave the impression that he was a cautious man working for an overcautious board and progress was simply too slow.’
    • ‘His government is overcautious to the point of conservatism.’
    • ‘State entities tend to be overcautious and complacent.’
    • ‘If it turns out that you were indeed overcautious then you might be able to reduce your rate of saving as retirement nears or console yourself by spending or distributing the extra cash as your heart desires.’
    • ‘A recent examination of the cutting applied to bottles fitted into hallmarked frames has proved time-honoured views about dating early English cutting to have been overcautious.’
    • ‘So it's not surprising that in their efforts to weed out fraudulent transactions, some are being overcautious and blocking legitimate sales as well.’
    • ‘Under certain circumstances, keen drivers may find their intervention overcautious.’
    • ‘Although you're generally a risk-taker and consider most of your friends and colleagues at least slightly overcautious, I suggest you trust them this week.’
    • ‘I have a feeling that these guys don't have insurance, and are extremely overcautious when jousting.’
    • ‘One cannot be overcautious of someone as naive as that.’
    • ‘When using the roads, we will all notice the reckless or overcautious motorist, but would we pay any attention to the good driver?’
    • ‘You might think I'm being overcautious, but that's because I inexplicably failed to mention that I saw him on my last flight to Chicago and he insisted on sitting next to me.’
    • ‘The potential for skateboarders to injure themselves has invoked the insurance industry's wrath in the form of overcautious safety requirements.’
    • ‘An overcautious approach makes for dull environments.’
    • ‘However, don't let yourself become boring and overcautious.’
    • ‘My hypothesis is that ‘the authorities’ are not just being overcautious, but that they've gone entirely over the edge and that these things are not at all dangerous.’
    • ‘His articulate grasp of issues and willingness to say risky things will favorably contrast him with the overcautious candidates who parse every poll-tested word.’

Pronunciation

overcautious

/ˌōvərˈkôSHəs//ˌoʊvərˈkɔʃəs/