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Definition 1: people who are fearful and cautious - [noun denoting group]

Samples where cautious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • whitewater rafting is not for the timid

Synonyms for cautious in the sense of this definition

(cautious is a kind of ...) (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

"old people" "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

Definition 2: showing careful forethought - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where cautious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(cautious is similar to ...) characterized by great caution and wariness

"a cagey avoidance of a definite answer" "chary of the risks involved" "a chary investor"

(cautious is similar to ...) using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation

"a fabian policy"

(cautious is similar to ...) with extreme care or delicacy

"they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones" "the issue was handled only in a gingerly way"

(cautious is similar to ...) prudent

"guarded optimism"

(cautious is similar to ...) unnecessarily cautious

"sometimes it doesn't pay to be overcautious in business"

(means also ...) lacking in boldness

(means also ...) exercising caution or showing care or attention

"they were careful when crossing the busy street" "be careful to keep her shoes clean" "did very careful research" "careful art restorers" "careful of the rights of others" "careful about one's behavior"

Definition 3: avoiding excess - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cautious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a conservative estimate

Synonyms for cautious in the sense of this definition

(cautious is similar to ...) being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

"moderate prices" "a moderate income" "a moderate fine" "moderate demands" "a moderate estimate" "a moderate eater" "moderate success" "a kitchen of moderate size" "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

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