Acting cautiously means being careful and hesitant, the way you step cautiously into the first dark room of a haunted house.

Whenever you use caution as you do something, you're behaving cautiously. The Latin root, cautio, means "caution, care, or foresight." Thinking through possible dangers of a situation, or considering any problems that might come up, is acting cautiously. You should approach that cow cautiously; she kicked the last person who tried to milk her!

Definitions of cautiously
  1. adverb
    as if with kid gloves; with caution or prudence or tact
    “she ventured cautiously downstairs”
    synonyms: carefully
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    carelessly, incautiously
    without caution or prudence
  2. adverb
    in a conservative manner
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