from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A warning or caution: "A final caveat: Most experts feel that clients get unsatisfactory results when they don't specify clearly what they want” ( Savvy).
- n. A qualification or explanation.
- n. Law A formal notice filed by an interested party with a court or officer, requesting the postponement of a proceeding until the filer is heard.
- intransitive v. Law To enter a caveat.
- transitive v. Informal To qualify with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a warning
- n. a qualification or exception
- n. a notice requesting a postponement of a court proceeding
- n. a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system
- v. To qualify a particular statement with a proviso or caveat
- v. To lodge a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system
- v. To issue a notice requesting that proceedings be suspended
- v. To warn or caution against some event
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition
- n. A description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention.
- n. Intimation of caution; warning; protest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a notice filed or noted in a public office to prevent some proceeding being had except after warning to the caveator, or person making the caveat: as, a caveat filed with the probate court against the probate of a will.
- n. Figuratively, intimation of caution; warning; admonition; hint.
- To enter a caveat.
- In fencing, to shift the sword from one side of an adversary's sword to the other.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing
- n. a warning against certain acts
From Latin, let him beware, third person sing. present subjunctive of cavēre, to beware.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin verb form caveat ("he may beware of"), from caveō ("I beware of"). (Wiktionary)