cautious

Cautious, like careful, means you're on guard. You should be cautious crossing a busy street, or cautious borrowing your sister's new shoes without asking.

A fusing of caution and ous, the adjective cautiousis the opposite of hasty and rash. It actually comes from the Latin word cautus, which means "careful" or "heedful." Cautious people always take their time, always approach decisions thoughtfully, and never "throw caution to the wind." All that wariness may sound tedious, but as Confucius said, "The cautious seldom err."

Definitions of cautious
  1. adjective
    showing careful forethought
    “reserved and cautious
    “a cautious driver”
    Synonyms:
    unadventurous
    lacking in boldness
    careful
    exercising caution or showing care or attention
    cagey, cagy, chary
    characterized by great caution and wariness
    fabian
    using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation
    gingerly
    with extreme care or delicacy
    guarded, restrained
    prudent
    overcautious
    unnecessarily cautious
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    Antonyms:
    incautious
    lacking in caution
    adventuresome, adventurous
    willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
    careless
    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful
    brainish, hotheaded, impetuous, impulsive, madcap, tearaway
    characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
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  2. adjective
    avoiding excess
    synonyms: conservative
    moderate
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
  3. noun
    people who are fearful and cautious
    synonyms: timid
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    Antonyms:
    brave
    people who are brave
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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