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."

Definitions of caution
  1. noun
    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
    “he exercised caution in opening the door”
    synonyms: care, forethought, precaution
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    judiciousness
    good judgment
  2. noun
    the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger
    “a man of caution
    synonyms: carefulness, cautiousness
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    incaution, incautiousness
    the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
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    attentiveness
    the trait of being observant and paying attention
  3. noun
    the trait of being circumspect and prudent
    synonyms: circumspection
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    precaution
    the trait of practicing caution in advance
    chariness, wariness
    the trait of being cautious and watchful
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    discernment, discretion
    the trait of judging wisely and objectively
  4. verb
    warn strongly; put on guard
    synonyms: admonish, monish
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    warn
    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
  5. noun
    a warning against certain acts
    synonyms: caveat
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    warning
    a message informing of danger
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