Cau·tious a. Attentive to examine probable effects and consequences of acts with a view to avoid danger or misfortune; prudent; circumspect; wary; watchful; as, a cautious general.
Cautious feeling for another's pain. --Byron.
Be swift to hear; but cautious of your tongue. --Watts.
Syn: -- Wary; watchful; vigilant; prudent; circumspect; discreet; heedful; thoughtful; scrupulous; anxious; careful.
Usage: -- Cautious, Wary, Circumspect. A man is cautious who realizes the constant possibility of danger; one may be wary, and yet bold and active; a man who is circumspect habitually examines things on every side in order to weigh and deliberate. It is necessary to be cautious at all times; to be wary in cases of extraordinary danger; to be circumspect in matters of peculiar delicacy and difficulty.
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]