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Synonyms for cautious
ˈkɔ ʃəscau·tious

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Wiktionary3.7 / 3 votes

  1. cautiousadjective

    careless, neglecting

  2. cautiousadjective

    He took a few cautious steps out the door.

    neglecting, careless

English Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. timid, cautiousadjective

    people who are fearful and cautious

    "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"


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

  2. cautiousadjective

    showing careful forethought

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


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

  3. cautious, conservativeadjective

    avoiding excess

    "a conservative estimate"

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

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

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. cautiousadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. cautiousadjective

    circumspect, prudent, wary

    incautious, unwary

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  1. Walid Alameddine:

    They are very interested, but very cautious.

  2. Josh Rubinstein:

    The temperature is increasing and the humidity is dropping, the incident commander is being very cautious in releasing too many resources too soon.

  3. Lily Wong:

    In the coming years, I think people will be more cautious when it comes to engaging with political causes.

  4. Richard Ji:

    I was a victim of the previous technology crash, and so we're extremely cautious about the (current) bubble. But there are key differences between the 2000 boom and now.

  5. Takashi Miwa:

    What’s notable was the BOJ’s cautious price outlook through fiscal 2023, it suggests the BOJ will have no choice but to continue its ultra-loose policy even after Kuroda’s current term ends.

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