Definitions

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  • adv. In a cautious manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a cautious manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a cautious manner; with caution; warily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. as if with kid gloves; with caution or prudence or tact
  • adv. in a conservative manner

Etymologies

cautious +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Overall, though, Bear executives tried to convey what they described as a cautiously optimistic tone at the investor and analyst meeting.

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  • I think at this point the best thing to do is remain cautiously optimistic ... the fact that they are doing a Conan film project at all is exciting to me.

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  • As for the Rose Bowl, I will remain cautiously optimistic.

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  • In 2008, comparatively late to the long-running gold party, we purchased the GDX (gold mining stocks exchange traded fund) across client accounts in cautiously small weightings.

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  • Governor Gregoire and her team of economic advisors remain cautiously realistic, if not optimistic.

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  • I am an optimistic person by nature, so yes, I do remain cautiously optimistic about Afghanistan’s future.

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  • I shall remain cautiously untrusting until I see something more concrete than words.

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  • The overview Employers remain cautiously optimistic about hiring, says Neil Owen, a director at Robert Half UK, yet they are hiring strategically to capitalise on emerging business opportunities.

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  • I've read enough reviews to get a sense it may not live up to the blogger hype it's received, but I'll go in cautiously optimistic when I do get around to reading it.

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  • I'll remain cautiously optimistic and hopeful for you, with fingers and toes crossed.

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