Definition of "caution" []

  • Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm. (noun)
  • Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk: The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution. (noun)
  • Prudence or restraint in action or decision: advised caution in choosing a school. (noun)
  • A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed: I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet. (noun)
  • A cautious action; a precaution: The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent. (noun)
  • Care, forethought, or prudence, esp in the face of danger; wariness (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something intended or serving as a warning; admonition (noun)
  • A formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his or her words will be taken down and may be used in evidence (noun)
  • A notice entered on the register of title to land that prevents a proprietor from disposing of his or her land without a notice to the person who entered the caution (noun)
  • An amusing or surprising person or thing (noun)
  • To urge or warn (a person) to be careful (verb)
  • To give a caution to (a person) (verb)
  • To warn, urge, or advise (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "caution" in a sentence
  • "Although this plan is underway and we are confident that it will be executed, I would be remiss if I didn't a word caution at the timing of pricing of these dispositions is not set in stone."
  • "When trying to portray real people in ads, extra caution is advised. —"
  • "I agree that a caution is a reasonable outcome in these circumstances and removes the risk of his pleading not guilty."