1. A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.
2. Security; guaranty; bail. [R.]
The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted. --Clarendon.
3. Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.
In way of caution I must tell you. --Shak.
4. Civil & Scots Law A pledge, bond, or other security for the performance of an obligation either in or out of judicial proceedings; the promise or contract of one not for himself but another; security.
Caution money, money deposited by way of security or guaranty, as by a student at an English university.
Syn: -- Care; forethought; forecast; heed; prudence; watchfulness; vigilance; circumspection; anxiety; providence; counsel; advice; warning; admonition.
Cau·tion v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cautioned p. pr. & vb. n. Cautioning.] To give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed.
You cautioned me against their charms. --Swift.
n 1: the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible
danger; "a man of caution" [syn: cautiousness, carefulness]
2: a warning against certain acts; "a caveat against unfair
practices" [syn: caveat]
3: judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised
caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with
care" [syn: precaution, care, forethought]
4: the trait of being circumspect and prudent [syn: circumspection]
v : warn strongly; put on guard [syn: admonish, monish]