caution

If you act with caution, it means you are careful. Be sure to use caution when walking across a patch of ice. Otherwise, you might end up sprawling face-first on the ground. Ouch!

The noun caution can be used to describe something that calls for careful action and the need to avoid risk, such as a volatile political situation that requires extreme caution. The word also has a verb form with a similar meaning. It’s a more formal way of saying “warn” and usually appears with against or that, as in, "Teachers caution against waiting until the last minute to study," or, "They caution that effective studying takes a long time."

Primary Meanings of caution

1.
n
judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
2.
vn
warn strongly; put on guard
a warning against certain acts
Full Definitions of caution
1

n judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

“he exercised caution in opening the door”
Synonyms:
care, forethought, precaution
Type of:
judiciousness
good judgment

n the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger

“a man of caution
Synonyms:
carefulness, cautiousness
Antonyms:
incaution, incautiousness
the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
Type of:
attentiveness
the trait of being observant and paying attention

n the trait of being circumspect and prudent

Synonyms:
circumspection
Types:
precaution
the trait of practicing caution in advance
chariness, wariness
the trait of being cautious and watchful
Type of:
discernment, discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
2

v warn strongly; put on guard

Synonyms:
admonish, monish
Type of:
warn
notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

n a warning against certain acts

Synonyms:
caveat
Type of:
warning
a message informing of danger

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