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Definition of "caveat" []

  • A warning or caution: "A final caveat: Most experts feel that clients get unsatisfactory results when they don't specify clearly what they want” ( Savvy). (noun)
  • A qualification or explanation. (noun)
  • Law A formal notice filed by an interested party with a court or officer, requesting the postponement of a proceeding until the filer is heard. (noun)
  • Law To enter a caveat. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To qualify with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown. (verb-transitive)
  • A formal notice requesting the court or officer to refrain from taking some specified action without giving prior notice to the person lodging the caveat (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.

  • A warning; caution (noun)

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Use "caveat" in a sentence
  • "The main caveat is making sure you have enough money to return to the states and set up house again as part of a fallback plan."
  • "Never before, for those who wish a healthful, light diet, has the phrase caveat emptor Let the buyer beware! been more appropriate."
  • "Researching this, I learned that the Latin word '' caveat '' is a form of a verb and that it translated as"