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: käshn, kôshn, IPA(key): /ˈkɑːʃ(ə)n/, /ˈkɔʃ(ə)n/
- (cot–caught merger, Inland Northern American) enPR: käshn, IPA(key): /ˈkɑʃn̩/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːʃən
- 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.
- 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 937919305:
- 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
- abundance of caution
- caution - slippery when wet
- caution money
- competition caution
- err on the side of caution
- throw caution to the wind
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caution f (plural cautions)
- “caution”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
caution f (plural cautions)