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 (kăv′ē-ät′, kä′vē-, kā′vē-ăt′)
a. A warning or caution: made a recommendation with many caveats.
b. A qualification or explanation.
2. Law A formal notice filed by an interested party requesting postponement of a court proceeding or other action until the filer can be heard.
v. ca·ve·at·ed, ca·ve·at·ing, ca·ve·ats or ca·ve·at·ted or ca·ve·at·ting
v.intr. Law
To submit a caveat.
1. Law To make a caveat to (a will, for example).
2. Informal To qualify with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown.

[From Latin, let him beware, third person sing. present subjunctive of cavēre, to beware.]

cav′e·a·tor n.
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