from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who cautions or advises.
  • noun In recent Eng. law, one who files a caution with the registrar of landtitles. See caution, n., 4.
  • noun [Generally pronounced kā′ zhon-ėr.] In Scots law, the person who is bound for another to the performance of an obligation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who cautions or advises.
  • noun (Scots Law) A surety or sponsor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who cautions
  • noun Scotland A surety


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  • [810] This was no doubt Patrick Murray of Tibbermuir, in Perthshire, who became cautioner for William Harlaw, and was amerciated for his non-appearance to underly the law, &c., on the 10th May 1559.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • "You have an _idée-fixe_ -- beware of it!" was Falconer's caution, serious beneath its air of banter, and on the other hand Billy perceived in the cautioner a latent uneasiness considered so irrational that he was doing his sensible best to disown it.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows

  • The lady looked with silent contempt at the cautioner, and turning towards Mrs. Elwyn, she said — “Should I not be worse than a barbarian not to claim her as my own? you who first called forth my feelings for the fate of the poor lost ones, tell me?”

    Substance and Shadow; or, the Fisherman's Daughter of Brighton

  • John Ewes alias M'Donald was fined, and the deponent became cautioner for him, that he should never speak about it again.

    Trial of Duncan Terig, alias Clerk, and Alexander Bane Macdonald for the Murder of Arthur Davis, Sergeant in General Guise's Regiment of Foot

  • And in his connection and behoof, three persons are required to intervene — the promiser, the acceptor, and the cautioner or surety.

    The Science of Right

  • The importance of the cautioner is evident; but by his intervention and his special contract with the promiser, the acceptor gains nothing in respect of the object but the means of compulsion that enable him to obtain what is his own.

    The Science of Right

  • He hath satisfied and paid the debt in my name; go and apprehend the cautioner, since he hath undertaken it, nay, he hath done it, and is absolved.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • It admits no repentance, it speaks of no pardon, it declares no cautioner or redeemer.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • Be persuaded, O be persuaded, that there shall not one jot of this be removed, — it must be fulfilled in you or your cautioner!

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • Now, you know, any man would rather choose such a cautioner, that can solidly satisfy him in gross, and pay all the sum at once, than such a principal, that because of his inability, cannot amount, to any considerable satisfaction in many years.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning


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