AskDefine | Define caution

Dictionary Definition



1 the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger; "a man of caution" [syn: cautiousness, carefulness] [ant: incaution]
2 a warning against certain acts; "a caveat against unfair practices" [syn: caveat]
3 judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care" [syn: precaution, care, forethought]
4 the trait of being circumspect and prudent [syn: circumspection] v : warn strongly; put on guard [syn: admonish, monish]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.
  2. Security; guaranty; bail.
  3. Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.


careful attention
  • Finnish: varovaisuus, huomio, huolellisuus, tarkkaavaisuus
  • German: Vorsicht, Achtung, Behutsamkeit
  • Hungarian: óvatosság
security; guaranty; bail
  • German: Kaution
  • Hungarian: óvadék
precept or warning against evil of any kind
  • Finnish: varoitus, neuvo, ohjenuora
  • German: Warnung, Vorsicht
  • Hungarian: figyelmeztetés, óvás


  1. To warn; to advise that caution is warranted.


to warn
  • Finnish: varoittaa, neuvoa, teroittaa
  • German: warnen, verwarnen
  • Hungarian: figyelmeztet, óv


Extensive Definition

Caution can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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