Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Showing or practicing caution; careful.
  • adjective Tentative or restrained; guarded.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective Attentive to examine probable effects and consequences of acts with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent; circumspect; wary; watchful.

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

  • adjective careful; using or exercising caution; tentative

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

  • adjective avoiding excess
  • adjective showing careful forethought
  • noun people who are fearful and cautious

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