from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Showing or practicing caution; careful.
- adj. Tentative or restrained; guarded: felt a cautious optimism that the offer would be accepted.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. careful; using or exercising caution; tentative
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Attentive to examine probable effects and consequences of acts with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent; circumspect; wary; watchful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing or exhibiting caution; attentive to probable effects and consequences of actions with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent; circumspect; wary; watchful: as, a cautious general; a cautious advance.
- With of before the object of caution: wary in regard to the risks of; afraid or heedful of the dangers involved in.
- Over-prudent; timorous; timid.
- Synonyms Prudent, careful, wary, vigilant, heedful, thoughtful, scrupulous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. avoiding excess
- adj. showing careful forethought
- n. people who are fearful and cautious
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