caution

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Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1297, "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 ‎(plural cautions)

  1. Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.
    • Shakespeare
      In way of caution I must tell you.
  2. 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.
  3. Security; guaranty; bail.
    • Clarendon
      The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted.
  4. One who gives rise to attention or astonishment.
    Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.
  5. A formal warning given as an alternative to prosecution in minor cases.

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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.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cautiō, 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

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cautiō, cautiōnem.

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caution f ‎(plural cautions)

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