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Recorded since 1297 as Middle English caucioun (“bail, guarantee, pledge”), from Old French caution (“security, surety”), itself from Latin cautiō, from cautus, past participle of caveō, cavēre (“be on one's guard”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kôshn, IPA(key): /ˈkɔːʃ(ə)n/
- (US) enPR: kôshn, IPA(key): /ˈkɔʃ(ə)n/
- (cot–caught merger, Inland Northern American) enPR: käshn, IPA(key): /ˈkɑʃ(ə)n/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɔːʃən
caution (countable and uncountable, plural cautions)
- Prudence when faced with, or when expecting to face, danger; care taken in order to avoid risk or harm.
- take caution
- have caution
- exercise great caution
- utmost caution is required when travelling in this dangerous neighbourhood
- act with caution
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iii]:
- In way of caution I must tell you.
- 1960 December, “Talking of Trains: The railways and the Devon floods”, in Trains Illustrated, page 709:
- [...] and on the Saturday heavy seas pounded the W.R. on its exposed coastal stretch between Dawlish and Teignmouth, loosening the ballast and forcing trains to proceed with extreme caution.
- A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided.
- The guideline expressed caution against excessive radiographic imaging.
- Security; guaranty; bail.
- 1702–1704, Edward [Hyde, 1st] Earl of Clarendon, “(please specify |book=I to XVI)”, in The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. […], Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed at the Theater, published 1707, →OCLC:
- The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be vigorously prosecuted.
- (dated) One who draws attention or causes astonishment by their behaviour.
- Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.
- (law) A formal warning given as an alternative to prosecution in minor cases.
- (soccer) A yellow card.
- See also Thesaurus:caution
precept or warning against evil or danger
careful attention, prudence
security; guaranty; bail
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caution (third-person singular simple present cautions, present participle cautioning, simple past and past participle cautioned)
- (transitive) To warn; to alert, advise that caution is warranted.
- (soccer) To give a yellow card
Inherited from Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiōnem, from cautus, past participle of caveō, cavēre (“be on one's guard”).
caution f (plural cautions)
- “caution”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
From Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiō, cautiōnem.
caution f (plural cautions)
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