• WordNet 3.6
    • v caution warn strongly; put on guard
    • n caution the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger "a man of caution"
    • n caution the trait of being circumspect and prudent
    • n caution judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger "he exercised caution in opening the door","he handled the vase with care"
    • n caution a warning against certain acts "a caveat against unfair practices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Found on the handle of a hammer: "Caution: Do not use this hammer to strike any solid object."
    • Caution A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.
    • Caution (Civil & Scots Law) A pledge, bond, or other security for the performance of an obligation either in or out of judicial proceedings; the promise or contract of one not for himself but another; security.
    • Caution Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction. "In way of caution I must tell you."
    • Caution Security; guaranty; bail. "The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted."
    • v. t Caution To give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed. "You cautioned me against their charms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Found on Bat Man The Animated Series Armor Set Halloween costume box: "PARENT: Please exercise caution, mask and chest plate are not protective; cape does not enable wearer to fly."
    • n caution Prudence in regard to danger; wariness, consisting in a careful attention to probable and possible results, and a judicious course of conduct to avoid failure or disaster.
    • n caution Anything intended or serving to induce wariness; a warning given either by word of mouth or in any other way; monitory advice.
    • n caution Provision or security against something; provident care; precaution.
    • n caution In recent Eng. law, a written warning or caveat filed with the registrar of land-titles against dealings with the land without notice to the cautioner, or person who files the warning.
    • n caution Security; guaranty; pledge; bail.
    • n caution A person who gives security; a surety; a cautioner.
    • n caution Bond; bill.
    • n caution Something to excite alarm or astonishment; something extraordinary: absolutely or with some fanciful addition: as, the way they scattered was a caution to snakes.
    • n caution Admonition.
    • caution To give notice of danger to; warn; exhort to take heed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Found on Axius Sno-Off Automobile Windshield cover: "Caution: Never drive with the cover on your windshield."
    • n Caution kaw′shun heedfulness: security: warning: a surety:
    • v.t Caution to warn to take care
    • n Caution kaw′shun (Scot.) bail
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  • Luc De Clapiers
    Luc De Clapiers
    “Action makes more fortune than caution.”
  • Proverb
    “Caution is the parent of safety.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.”
  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “More firm and sure the hand of courage strikes, when it obeys the watchful eye of caution.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.”


Throw caution to the wind - When people throw caution to the wind, they take a great risk.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caution, a security, L. cautio, fr. cavere,For scavere,) to be on one's guard, to take care (orig.) to be on the watch, see; akin to E. show,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. caution-emcavēre, to beware.


In literature:

That lack must be compensated for by an added caution.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
And in them stands my third caution, to which I now come.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
He would never see the walls of a college, but he had already taken his degree in Industry, Patience, Caution, Courage, Pity and Gentleness.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
He had disregarded his father's caution.
"Ray's Daughter" by Charles King
The boat moves slowly and with caution, and the pilot strains both eye and ear to keep her in the right course.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
He loudly cautioned his eldest son against them, and dispensed with their attendance.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Simon Goulart, in his contemporary narrative, uses the same words of caution.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
Boone examined it with a somewhat superstitious caution, took it from the nerveless fingers, and slipped it into a pocket of Pierre's shirt.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
With infinite caution they approached the spot, keeping under cover until they were well within rifle-range of the men on guard.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
The elements of caution and expediency were singularly lacking in his character.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Carefully on tiptoe stealing,
Breathing gently as we may,
Every step with caution feeling,
We will softly steal away.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A fruitless hope--the Panther moves,
Perceiving his intent,
And vain his utmost caution proves
Her purpose to prevent.
"The Panther" by William Hayley
Now see him mounted once again
Upon his nimble steed,
Full slowly pacing o’er the stones,
With caution and good heed.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
With silent caution I drew near,
To mark this friend of man,
Expressing grief in sobs so clear,
It through my bosom ran!
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
As to a stony tableland
The tables of the law, with caution,
A huge and heavy concert-grand,
Above the city's restless ocean.
"Music" by Boris Pasternak
No selfish caution binds his hands,
Or chains his eager feet --
"On to the front!" his watchword is,
Through triumph or defeat.
"The Volunteer" by William Hamilton Hayne

In news:

Stronger Cautions Backed on Bone Drugs for Women.
He cautions, however, that the stigmatized property law doesn't apply to a homeowners' HIV or AIDS status.
NASCAR's best seem to error on the side of caution — or at least have a knack for avoiding calamity.
Parents who cautioned in years past that smoking would stunt a child's growth were right, at least in one respect.
As Fears Subside in Mexico, Health Experts Urge Continued Caution.
When nature calls underground, proceed to the bathroom with caution.
Leaders shouldn't neglect the business case, which is also important, cautions Shepard.
Caution can be a good thing, a smart thing.
Experts urge caution against scams that rely on trust.
Narcotics & sedatives: Take with caution.
It's April Fools' Day, which means somebody had to come away with egg on his face for failing to maintain an overabundance of caution.
View full size BETH NAKAMURA/The Oregonian Parents should use caution when giving young children products to help ease pain associated with teething , the US Food and Drug Administration warns.
Customers of Evans Oil in Naples found yellow caution tape wrapped around its pumps off Horseshoe Drive on Thursday, with no way to fill up their gas tanks.
With six weeks before the opening of DeLuna Fest 2012, organizers caution that waiting until the last minute to buy tickets might not be a good idea.
Thanksgiving is a time for caution and togetherness .

In science:

The reason for that is yet unclear and some caution is needed as the existing treatment ignores the dynamics of crossovers which is very important for the alignment of suprathermally rotating grains.
Physics of Grain Alignment
But in a noncommutative gauge theory some caution has to be used and BRST invariance has to be proved rather then assumed.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories
This algorithm should be used with caution, since it can produce disconnected graphs.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
Consequently, b increases with the system size. A word of caution is in order.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
The negative-weight options should therefore be used with some caution, and the negative-weight events should be a reasonably small fraction of the total event sample. 3The motivation for this requirement is best understood with a simple example: imagine two subprocesses with the same cross section.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators