• WordNet 3.6
    • n caveat (law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing "a caveat filed against the probate of a will"
    • n caveat a warning against certain acts "a caveat against unfair practices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caveat (U. S. Patent Laws) A description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention.
    • Caveat (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition; as, a caveat entered in a probate court to stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of administration, etc.
    • Caveat Intimation of caution; warning; protest. "We think it right to enter our caveat against a conclusion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caveat In law, a notice filed or noted in a public office to prevent some proceeding being had except after warning to the caveator, or person making the caveat: as, a caveat filed with the probate court against the probate of a will. A caveat filed in the United States Patent Office by one who is engaged upon an invention entitles him to notice of any application for a patent for an interfering invention during one year, while he is perfecting his own.
    • n caveat Figuratively, intimation of caution; warning; admonition; hint.
    • caveat To enter a caveat.
    • caveat In fencing, to shift the sword from one side of an adversary's sword to the other.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caveat kā′ve-at a notice or warning: a formal warning, entered in the books of a court or public office, that no step shall be taken in a particular matter without notice to the person lodging the caveat, so that he may appear and object.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caved, let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere, to be on one's guard to, beware
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 'let him take care'—cavēre, to take care.


In literature:

And even this last caveat is sometimes disregarded by careful sonneteers.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
The United States government does not grant Caveats.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
This plan is preferred by many inventors to filing a caveat.
"Practical Pointers for Patentees" by Franklin Cresee
Behind that legal Latin maxim, "Caveat emptor," the merchant stood for centuries, safely entrenched.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
An act, constituting the caveat board a court of equity and good conscience, was passed in 1835.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
It is a mandamus, a caveat, and all sorts of horrific things.
"The Man Who Knew" by Edgar Wallace
But, if he does, he can at once enter a caveat in the Probate Registry.
"The Herapath Property" by J. S. Fletcher
They should include a caveat that this information comes from Alpha Prime and may or may not apply to the Zeta Prime Sandemans.
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson
At any rate, caveat emptor!
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid
It's a clear case of 'Caveat emptor.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Three hours after he filed his application Elisha Gray filed a caveat for his telephone.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
The following copy and statement of John Ricord's caveat or notice as attorney for Rev.
"Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon" by Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
We may expect bidders for that country and 'caveat emptor' say I.
"The Life of a Celebrated Buccaneer" by Richard Clynton
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
CAVEAT EMPTOR (L.), let the buyer beware.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
The poet enters a caveat that the latter do not act the part of an Iconoclast, as has too often been her wont.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 104, October 25, 1851" by Various
Our author too, notwithstanding his modest caveat, has acted upon his principles, and furnished a forcible illustration of their justice.
"Life Without and Life Within" by Margaret Fuller
The work was begun early in 1848, and in March of that year Mr. Baldwin filed a caveat for his design.
"Illustrated Catalogue of Locomotives" by Matthew Baird
I enter a caveat against any manner of rejoicing.
"Blue-Stocking Hall, (Vol 1 of 3)" by William Pitt Scargill
They secure patents, trade-marks, caveats and copyrights.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In news:

Let's begin with a caveat.
With the new partnership though, comes a new interesting caveat.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Schubert Gets Published, But There Is A Caveat.
Mars Curiosity 's 'History Making' Discovery Revealed, With a Caveat.
A decent number — with lots of caveats.
What's hot (with caveats) in Manhattan renovations.
There were ghosts, goblins and witches haunting Government Center on Wednesday, with one little caveat: most of them worked there.
This was the blowout for which Georgetown and its fans have been waiting, although, even in a 36-point victory, there were a few caveats.
Most people say they want to live a long life, with a caveat: They want to stay healthy throughout those extended years.
County executive promised, with caveats, to repay costs if found guilty.
Ignoring the snoring and other caveats of marriage .
Mars Curiosity's 'History Making' Discovery Revealed, With a Caveat.
This is a continuation of my collection of unrelated picks, pans, rants, raves, and caveats.
The Fergus Falls Finance Committee approved a new streets policy last week, but it wasn't without some caveats.
Governor's call to embrace fuel is appropriate - with caveats.

In science:

Caveats concerning our model are discussed in §4.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
There are several caveats which should be taken into account, however, with respect to this discussion.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Another caveat is that this four-dimensional effective theory is (as emphasized in ) not consistent since it involves a sudden transition between contraction and expansion which is not consistent with the background Einstein equations.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
However, there’s a caveat here, since another source of relative phases of −1 has not been discussed yet.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
This is certainly true for NIM-reps related to the embeddings given in Table 1 (with some caveat regarding embeddings of the type Bn ֒→ A2n for n > 1) or to diagonal embeddings g ֒→ g ⊕ g, but to our knowledge nothing is known for arbitrary embeddings p ֒→ g.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Thus, the present work should be taken mainly as an illustration of the highly dynamical and complex regimes that can already appear within this approximation, and the caveat of the simplified cooling functions we use should be kept in mind.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
See §V A and fig. 10 for a detailed summary of the caveats.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
More detail can be found in the caveats section §V A.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Although it is hard to quantify the statistical significance of the SFR-climate correlation, the fact that the results are consistent with that expected from the theory is reassuring (though see the possible caveats in §V A).
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The purpose of this section is to discuss and summarize the limitations of the data and possible caveats.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Another caveat has to do the location of the Norma arm at our galactic radius.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
With these caveats in mind, we compare the observed and predicted velocity dispersion profiles for the metal-poor and metal-rich GCs in Figures 20 and 21.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The caveat added for the case where σ = 12 (or 21) is necessary, as is easily seen by considering π = 123.
The enumeration of simple permutations
This qualitatively supports the assumptions of two-temperature accretion flow models, with the necessary caveat that the plasma conditions in these examples are quite different from those around compact ob jects.
On the Viability of Two-temperature Accretion Flows
With this usual caveat, the coordinate chart covers the entire region outside the inner horizons.
Kerr black holes in horizon-generating form