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EtymologyEdit

Recorded since 1297, "bail, guarantee, pledge", from Old French caution (security, surety), itself from Latin cautiō, from cautus, past participle of caveō, cavēre (be on one's guard).

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caution (countable and uncountable, plural cautions)

  1. Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction; prudence in regard to danger; provident care
  2. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided
    • The guideline expressed caution against excessive radiographic imaging.
  3. Security; guaranty; bail.
    • (Can we date this quote by Clarendon as well as title, page, and other details?)
      The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted.
  4. One who draws attention or causes astonishment by their behaviour.
    Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.
  5. (law) A formal warning given as an alternative to prosecution in minor cases.
  6. (soccer) A yellow card.

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caution (third-person singular simple present cautions, present participle cautioning, simple past and past participle cautioned)

  1. (transitive) To warn; to alert, advise that caution is warranted.
  2. (soccer) To give a yellow card

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiō, cautiōnem, from cautus, past participle of caveō, cavēre (be on one's guard).

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caution f (plural cautions)

  1. caution, guaranty, bail
  2. deposit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French caution, borrowed from Latin cautiō, cautiōnem.

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caution f (plural cautions)

  1. (Jersey) deposit
  2. (Jersey, law) bail