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CAUTIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cautious mean? 

CAUTIOUS (noun)
  The noun CAUTIOUS has 1 sense:

1. people who are fearful and cautious

  Familiarity information: CAUTIOUS used as a noun is very rare.


CAUTIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective CAUTIOUS has 3 senses:

1. showing careful forethought
2. avoiding excess
3. cautious in attitude and careful in actions; prudent

  Familiarity information: CAUTIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CAUTIOUS (noun)


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Meaning:

People who are fearful and cautious

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

cautious; timid

Context example:

whitewater rafting is not for the timid

Hypernyms ("cautious" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)


CAUTIOUS (adjective)


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Meaning:

Showing careful forethought

Context examples:

reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions / a cautious driver

Similar:

overcautious (unnecessarily cautious)

guarded; restrained (prudent)

gingerly (with extreme care or delicacy)

dilatory; fabian (using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation)

cagey; cagy; chary (characterized by great cautious and wariness)

Also:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)

unadventurous (lacking in boldness)

Antonym:

incautious (lacking in caution)


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Meaning:

Avoiding excess

Synonyms:

cautious; conservative

Context example:

a conservative estimate

Similar:

moderate (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme)


Sense 3cautious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cautious in attitude and careful in actions; prudent

Context examples:

a cautious answer / very cautious about believing everything she was told

Similar:

careful (exercising caution or showing care or attention)


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