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
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adj 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
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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adj avoiding excess

Synonyms:
conservative
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

n people who are fearful and cautious

Synonyms:
timid
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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