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3 definitions found for cautious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Cautious \Cau"tious\, a. [Cf. L. cautus, fr. caver. See Caution.] 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. [1913 Webster] Cautious feeling for another's pain. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
cautious adj 1: showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver" [ant: incautious] 2: avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate" [syn: cautious, conservative] n 1: people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid" [syn: timid, cautious] [ant: brave]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
133 Moby Thesaurus words for "cautious": alert, ambling, attentive, cagey, calculating, canny, careful, chary, circumspect, claudicant, considerate, cozy, crawling, creeping, creeping like snail, curious, deliberate, demurring, diffident, discreet, disinclined to believe, disposed to doubt, easy, expedient, faltering, flagging, foot-dragging, foresighted, forethoughtful, gentle, gingerly, gradual, guarded, halting, hard of belief, heedful, hesitant, hesitating, hobbled, hobbling, idle, impervious to persuasion, inconvincible, incredulous, indolent, jibbing, judicious, languid, languorous, lazy, leaving out nothing, leery, leisurely, limping, loving, lumbering, mindful, moderate, noncommittal, on guard, overlooking no possibility, pawky, poking, poky, politic, precautious, provident, prudent, regardful, relaxed, reluctant, safe, sauntering, scheming, scrupling, shilly-shallying, shrewd, shuffling, shy of belief, skeptical, slack, slothful, slow, slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow, slow to act, slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged, slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing, slow-stepped, sluggish, snail-paced, snaillike, solicitous, staggering, sticking, stickling, straining, strolling, suspecting, suspicious, tender, tentative, thorough, thoughtful, timid, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging, turtlelike, unadventurous, uncommunicative, unconvincible, uncredulous, undaring, unenterprising, unhurried, unpersuadable, unpersuasible, unprecipitate, unwilling to accept, vigilant, waddling, wary, watchful