Definitions

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

  • adjective Excessively cautious; unduly careful.

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

  • adjective Too cautious; cautious or prudent to excess.

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

  • adjective Excessively cautious

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

  • adjective unnecessarily cautious

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Nothing struck him odd about his father drafting a will, Peterson testified, saying his father was "overcautious" and would draft new wills anytime he took a vacation.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • It is not hard to understand that this kind of overcautious indecision on the part of the commander of the greatest fighting force in modern history is indeed unprecedented, and can only serve to embolden our enemies.

    The American Spectator

  • The Dalai Lama termed India's attitude towards Tibet issue "overcautious" and said he could be the "last Dalai Lama".

    Latest News Online - The Indian Express

  • "No. I've been thinking euphemisms like 'overcautious' and 'reluctance to risk bodily harm.'

    Crashlander

  • "No. I've been thinking euphemisms like 'overcautious' and 'reluctance to risk bodily harm.'

    Neutron Star

  • "No. I've been thinking euphemisms like 'overcautious' and 'reluctance to risk bodily harm.'

    Neutron Star

  • I saw how fame had made him retreat and become overcautious.

    Fallin’ Up

  • For he is extremely constrained in what he can say by politicians, overcautious defence officials responsible for military operations, and the MoD civil service bureaucracy.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • I saw how fame had made him retreat and become overcautious.

    Fallin’ Up

  • I saw how fame had made him retreat and become overcautious.

    Fallin’ Up

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.