caveat emptor

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin caveat ‎(may s/he beware), the subjunctive of caveō ‎(I beware) + emptor ‎(buyer).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkæv.iˌɑt ˈɛmp.tɔɹ/
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Phrase[edit]

caveat emptor

  1. Used as a warning to anyone buying something that there might be unforeseen problems or faults with what is bought.
  2. (historical, law) A provision of Roman law which gave the seller of a house the legal right to keep quiet about any defects of the house.

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