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- adj. Skillful in trickery or deception; cunning, wily.
- adj. Cautious, careful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Caution; prudent; wary.
- adj. Crafty; deceitful; false.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cautious; wary; provident: as, “cautelous though young,”
- Cunning; treacherous; wily.
Verily, I can only say in answer, that I have been cautelous in quoting mine authorities.
Yet being subtill, crafty, and cautelous, he wrought so on the flexible nature of Ferando, that hee brought his wife with him divers dayes to the Monasterie; where they walked in the goodly Garden, discoursing on the beatitudes of eternall life, as also the most holy deedes of men and women, long since departed out of this life, in mervailous civill and modest manner.
And that you may give the more credit to the validity of this opinion, consider how the cautelous and wily tempter did commemorate unto her, for an antecedent to his enthymeme, the prohibition which was made to taste it, as being desirous to infer from thence, It is forbidden thee; therefore thou shouldst eat of it, else thou canst not be a woman.
A good cautelous provision indeed, that so in the time of their saganship they might gain experience in the laws and rituals, and might be the better fitted for the high priest's chair.
For the mind when it is wary and cautelous, and by way of diligent circumspection turneth herself many ways, may then as well be said to go straight on to the object, as when it useth no such circumspection.
"_A Recantation of an Ill-led Life_, or a discovery of the highway law, as also many _cautelous_ admonitions, and ful instructions how to know, shun, and apprehende a _thiefe_, most necessary for all honest travellers to peruse, observe, and practice; written by _John Clavel_, gent."
For the consequences, and issues that do or must follow upon the taking, be also cautelous; take heed that after this heart-engagement to God, none start back like a broken bow.
The heir-at-law to the estate, now that the Esquire's son was dead, watched her madness with a cautelous avaricious desire.
A man "full cautelous," as was said of Louis XI., for instance, could apply that special faculty in every direction, but to-day the single quality is subdivided, and every profession has its special craft.
Lavater_, of weighty Consideration: And he declares, that he does therefore mention it, that so Judges might be cautelous in their