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cautious


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cautious  \Cau"tious\,  a.  [Cf.  L.  cautus,  fr  caver.  See 
  {Caution}.] 
  Attentive  to  examine  probable  effects  and  consequences  of 
  acts  with  a  view  to  avoid  danger  or  misfortune;  prudent; 
  circumspect;  wary;  watchful;  as  a  cautious  general. 
 
  Cautious  feeling  for  another's  pain.  --Byron. 
 
  Be  swift  to  hear;  but  cautious  of  your  tongue.  --Watts. 
 
  Syn:  Wary;  watchful;  vigilant;  prudent;  circumspect; 
  discreet;  heedful;  thoughtful;  scrupulous;  anxious; 
  careful. 
 
  Usage:  {Cautious},  {Wary},  {Circumspect}.  A  man  is  cautious 
  who  realizes  the  constant  possibility  of  danger;  one 
  may  be  wary,  and  yet  bold  and  active;  a  man  who  is 
  circumspect  habitually  examines  things  on  every  side 
  in  order  to  weigh  and  deliberate.  It  is  necessary  to 
  be  cautious  at  all  times;  to  be  wary  in  cases  of 
  extraordinary  danger;  to  be  circumspect  in  matters  of 
  peculiar  delicacy  and  difficulty. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cautious 
  adj  1:  showing  careful  forethought;  "reserved  and  cautious;  never 
  making  swift  decisions";  "a  cautious  driver"  [ant:  {incautious}] 
  2:  avoiding  excess;  "a  conservative  estimate"  [syn:  {conservative}] 
  3:  cautious  in  attitude  and  careful  in  actions;  prudent;  "a 
  cautious  answer";  "very  cautious  about  believing 
  everything  she  was  told" 
  4:  unwilling  to  take  risks 
  n  :  people  who  are  fearful  and  cautious;  "whitewater  rafting  is 
  not  for  the  timid"  [syn:  {timid}]  [ant:  {brave}] 




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