from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The axiom or principle in commerce that the buyer alone is responsible for assessing the quality of a purchase before buying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. let the purchaser beware, i. e., let him examine the article he is buying, and act on his own judgment.

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

  • n. a commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality


From Latin caveat ēmptor, let the buyer beware : caveat, third person sing. present subjunctive of cavēre, to beware + ēmptor, buyer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Latin caveat emptor literally means the buyer should beware, the purchaser should take precautions.

    July 17, 2013

  • Latin for "let the buyer beware." See also Caveat venditor.

    March 1, 2008