AskDefine | Define cautious

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cautious adj
1 showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver" [ant: incautious]
2 avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate" [syn: conservative]
3 cautious in attitude and careful in actions; prudent; "a cautious answer"; "very cautious about believing everything she was told"
4 unwilling to take risks n : people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid" [syn: timid] [ant: brave]

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Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. careful; using or exercising caution; tentative
    He took a few cautious steps out the door.

Translations

careful

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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