cautious


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cau·tious

 (kô′shəs)
adj.
1. Showing or practicing caution; careful.
2. Tentative or restrained; guarded: felt a cautious optimism that the offer would be accepted.

cau′tious·ly adv.
cau′tious·ness n.

cautious

(ˈkɔːʃəs)
adj
showing or having caution; wary; prudent
ˈcautiously adv
ˈcautiousness n

cau•tious

(ˈkɔ ʃəs)

adj.
showing, using, or characterized by caution.
[1630–40]
cau′tious•ly, adv.
cau′tious•ness, n.
syn: See careful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cautious - people who are fearful and cautiouscautious - people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
Adj.1.cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"
unadventurous - lacking in boldness
careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"
incautious - lacking in caution; "an incautious remark"; "incautious talk"
2.cautious - avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate"
moderate - being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

cautious

cautious

adjective
Trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error:
Translations
حَذِرحَذِر، مُحْتَرِسورع
внимателенпредпазлив
opatrnýobezřetný
forsigtig
varovainenhuolellinen
oprezanpažljivbudan
óvatos
varfærinn
慎重な
조심하는
previden
försiktig
ระมัดระวัง
thận trọng

cautious

[ˈkɔːʃəs] ADJ (= careful) → cuidadoso; (= wary) → cauteloso, prudente
to make a cautious statementhacer una declaración prudente
to play a cautious gamejugar con mucha prudencia

cautious

[ˈkɔːʃəs] adjprudent(e)

cautious

adjvorsichtig; to play a cautious gameVorsicht walten lassen; to give something a cautious welcomeetw mit Zurückhaltung or verhaltener Zustimmung aufnehmen; cautious optimismvorsichtiger or verhaltener Optimismus

cautious

[ˈkɔːʃəs] adjcauto/a, prudente

caution

(ˈkoːʃən) noun
1. carefulness (because of possible danger etc). Exercise caution when crossing this road.
2. in law, a warning. The policeman gave him a caution for speeding.
verb
to give a warning to. He was cautioned for drunken driving.
ˈcautionary adjective
ˈcautious adjective
having or showing caution; careful. She used to trust everyone but she's more cautious now; a cautious driver.
ˈcautiously adverb

cautious

حَذِر opatrný forsigtig vorsichtig προσεκτικός cauteloso varovainen prudent oprezan prudente 慎重な 조심하는 voorzichtig varsom ostrożny cauteloso осторожный försiktig ระมัดระวัง tedbirli thận trọng 小心的

cautious

a. precavido-a, prudente;
to make a ___ decisionhacer una decisión precavida.
References in classic literature ?
He hesitated a single instant, and bending a cautious glance toward his companion, he continued, in a manner that was divided between interrogation and assertion.
She knocked a third time, three regular strokes, gentle, but perfectly distinct, and with meaning in them; for, modulate it with what cautious art we will, the hand cannot help playing some tune of what we feel upon the senseless wood.
So Roger Chillingworth -- the man of skill, the kind and friendly physician -- strove to go deep into his patient's bosom, delving among his principles, prying into his recollections, and probing everything with a cautious touch, like a treasure-seeker in a dark cavern.
But in the cautious comprehensiveness and unloitering vigilance with which Ahab threw his brooding soul into this unfaltering hunt, he would not permit himself to rest all his hopes upon the one crowning fact above mentioned, however flattering it might be to those hopes; nor in the sleeplessness of his vow could he so tranquillize his unquiet heart as to postpone all intervening quest.
By the time this cautious search is over, a stout iron-bound bucket, precisely like a well-bucket, has been attached to one end of the whip; while the other end, being stretched across the deck, is there held by two or three alert hands.
John is a cautious man," he said, with a droll smile, "and it is not always easy to get his opinion about people, so I thought if I beat the bush on this side the birds would fly out, and I should learn what I wanted to know quickly; so now we will come to business.
Some hold each other tightly, some at a cautious distance.
He was short and slender, lithe and catlike in his motions, and had a peering, mousing expression about his keen black eyes, with which every feature of his face seemed sharpened into sympathy; his thin, long nose, ran out as if it was eager to bore into the nature of things in general; his sleek, thin, black hair was stuck eagerly forward, and all his motions and evolutions expressed a dry, cautious acuteness.
He looked up and down the road to see that no one was coming, and then said in a cautious voice:
But I reckon she is pretty old, and old people don't often outlive the cautious pace of the professional detective when he has got his clues together and is out on his still-hunt.
Huck was silent while he framed a duly cautious reply.
Cautious, very cautious," thought Emma; "he advances inch by inch, and will hazard nothing till he believes himself secure.