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Synonyms for cautious
ˈkɔ ʃəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. timid, cautious(adj)

    people who are fearful and cautious

    "whitewater rafting is not for the timid"


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

  2. cautious(adj)

    showing careful forethought

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


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

  3. cautious, conservative(adj)

    avoiding excess

    "a conservative estimate"

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

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


  1. cautious(adjective)

    careless, neglecting

  2. cautious(adjective)

    He took a few cautious steps out the door.

    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.

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cautious(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cautious(a)

    circumspect, prudent, wary

    incautious, unwary

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  1. Chief Executive Jochen Tilk:

    Weaker fertilizer prices late in the year reduced our earnings for the quarter, giving rise to a more cautious outlook.

  2. Marie Menke:

    If a woman is 26 years old, [ not ovulating ] for the last three years after she started eating unhealthy in college and became 10 pounds heavier, then I might say,' try this first ; don't go straight to IVF.' But I'd be cautious to wait a year on a diet if a woman is 40 years old. That would make me a little bit worried.

  3. Edward Knotek:

    If I had to guess I would think that an improving labor market, shrinking slack, should put upward pressure on wages. But when you go to the data and the statistics, that hasn't always been the case, we should be cautious thinking that we know more than we do about wage growth.

  4. Mark Sawyer:

    It will be a couple of years before M&A comes back, as traditional lenders and equity capital markets get more cautious and more reluctant to invest, then they of course create a vacuum.

  5. George Lucas:

    Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

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