Cautel

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cautel Caution; prudence; wariness.
    • Cautel Craft; deceit; falseness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cautel Caution; wariness; prudence.
    • n cautel Subtlety; craftiness; cunning; deceit; fraud.
    • n cautel Eccles., a detailed caution or written direction concerning the proper manner of celebrating the holy communion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cautel kaw′tel (Shak.) craft: insidious purpose: caution: wariness: a traditionary caution or written direction about the proper manner of administering the sacraments
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cautèle, L. cautela, fr. cavere, to be on one's guard, to take care
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cautèle—L. cautelacavēre, cautum, to guard against.

Usage

In literature:

And the traveller Leopold said that he should go otherwhither for he was a man of cautels and a subtile.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Verily, I can only say in answer, that I have been cautelous in quoting mine authorities.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Verily, I can only say in answer, that I have been cautelous in quoting mine authorities.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
But if that the fader be lewde and vicious By falshode lyuynge: and by wayes cautelous.
"The Ship of Fools, Volume 1" by Sebastian Brandt
Where God is very jealous, his servants should be very cautelous.
"The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America" by Theodore de la Guard
And thus often tyme he was revenged of his enemyes by his sotylle disceytes and false cauteles.
"Thalaba the Destroyer" by Robert Southey
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