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Synonyms for cautious
ˈkɔ ʃəscau·tious

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  1. cautiousadjective

    Antonyms:
    careless, neglecting

  2. cautiousadjective

    He took a few cautious steps out the door.

    Antonyms:
    neglecting, careless

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cautious

    Vigilant implies more sustained activity and more intelligent volition than alert; one may be habitually alert by reason of native quickness of perception and thought, or one may be momentarily alert under some excitement or expectancy; one who is vigilant is so with thoughtful purpose. One is vigilant against danger or harm; he may be alert or watchful for good as well as against evil; he is wary in view of suspected stratagem, trickery, or treachery. A person may be wakeful because of some merely physical excitement or excitability, as through insomnia; yet he may be utterly careless and negligent in his wakefulness, the reverse of watchful; a person who is truly watchful must keep himself wakeful while on watch, in which case wakeful has something of mental quality. Watchful, from the Saxon, and vigilant, from the Latin, are almost exact equivalents; but vigilant has somewhat more of sharp definiteness and somewhat more suggestion of volition; one may be habitually watchful; one is vigilant of set purpose and for direct cause, as in the presence of an enemy. Compare ALERT.

    Synonyms:
    alert, awake, careful, circumspect, on the alert, on the lookout, sleepless, vigilant, wakeful, wary, watchful, wide-awake

    Antonyms:
    careless, drowsy, dull, heedless, inattentive, incautious, inconsiderate, neglectful, negligent, oblivious, thoughtless, unwary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. timid, cautiousadjective

    people who are fearful and cautious

    "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"

    Synonyms:
    timid

    Antonyms:
    tearaway(a), immoderate, madcap, hotheaded, incautious, impetuous, impulsive, brainish

  2. cautiousadjective

    showing careful forethought

    "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"

    Synonyms:
    conservative

    Antonyms:
    incautious, impetuous, madcap, brainish, impulsive, tearaway(a), hotheaded, immoderate

  3. cautious, conservativeadjective

    avoiding excess

    "a conservative estimate"

    Synonyms:
    bourgeois, materialistic, button-down, buttoned-down, conservative

    Antonyms:
    impetuous, hotheaded, incautious, immoderate, brainish, madcap, tearaway(a), impulsive

Editors Contribution

  1. careful, to hold-back, vigilant, wary, unsure

    i would be cautious about walking there after dark.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on June 13, 2021  
  2. hesitant

    i would be cautious about walking there after dark.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 30, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cautiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    prudent, wary, careful, heedful, chary, circumspect, discreet, watchful, vigilant

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cautiousadjective

    Synonyms:
    circumspect, prudent, wary

    Antonyms:
    incautious, unwary

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How to use cautious in a sentence?

  1. Anand James:

    The recent rise was far too quick and we are seeing a consolidation at the moment, with the budget behind us... and even though rates are expected to be held, there is an eye on some announcements coming up in the monetary policy committee meeting and that is partly why markets are cautious.

  2. Loren Weisman:

    Stay Calm, Stay Covered, Stay Considerate, Stay Cautious & Stay Caffeinated.

  3. Mina Agnos:

    More cruise lines are eliminating Istanbul as a port of disembarkation and reverting to Athens, Greece, as a result we are seeing a notable drop in pre - and post - cruise bookings for Istanbul. Additionally, we have seen that independent travelers are now preferring to err on the side of caution when it comes to Turkey. Is it safe to travel to Europe now ? For cautious travelers, canceling a trip to Turkey may provide temporary peace of mind. I have had a number of guests contact us to cancel their Istanbul segments opting instead for other European cities including Athens, Barcelona and Rome, says Mina Agnos. But until more is known about Tuesday incident, some travelers may just want to stay the course.

  4. Yuji Nishiyama:

    Uncertainty about nuclear operations makes management more cautious in its decision-making and therefore the speed of dividend restoration could be slowed, and they may feel the need to have more equity to cope with black swan events, resulting in potential capital raising and less lucrative shareholder returns.

  5. Soochow University:

    Beijing is taking a cautious attitude. It has not launched personal attack on Tsai nor criticized her position.


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