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English definition of “cautious”

cautious

adjective    /ˈkɔ·ʃəs/
not acting quickly in order to avoid risks; careful: Most doctors are cautious about advising you to have surgery. Auto companies are taking a cautious approach toward introducing electric cars. cautiously    /ˈkɔ·ʃəs·li/ adverb She was in the habit of driving cautiously.
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