- 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.
- Security; guaranty; bail.(R)"The Parliament would yet give his majesty sufficient caution that the war should be prosecuted." [Clarendon.]
- Precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction."In way of caution I must tell you." [Shak.]
- [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.synonyms: Care; forethought; forecast; heed; prudence; watchfulness; vigilance; circumspection; anxiety; providence; counsel; advice; warning; admonition.
Etymology: F. caution a security, L. cautio, fr. cavereFor scavere) to be on one's guard, to take care (orig.) to be on the watch, see; akin to E. show