caution

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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).

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caution (countable and uncountable, plural cautions)

  1. 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, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [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.
  2. 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.
  3. Security; guaranty; bail.
  4. (dated) One who draws attention or causes astonishment by their behaviour.
    Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.
  5. (law) A formal warning given as an alternative to prosecution in minor cases.
  6. (soccer) A yellow card.

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caution (third-person singular simple present cautions, present participle cautioning, simple past and past participle cautioned)

  1. (transitive) To warn; to alert, advise that caution is warranted.
  2. (soccer) To give a yellow card

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiō, cautiōnem, from cautus, past participle of caveō, cavēre (be on one's guard).

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caution f (plural cautions)

  1. caution, guaranty, bail
  2. deposit
  3. security deposit

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From Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiō, cautiōnem.

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caution f (plural cautions)

  1. (Jersey) deposit
  2. (Jersey, law) bail