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English definition of “cautious”

cautious

adjective     /ˈkɔː.ʃəs/ US  /ˈkɑː-/
B2 Someone who is cautious avoids risks: He's a cautious driver.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful B2 A cautious action is careful, well considered, and sometimes slow or uncertain: a cautious approach cautious criticismPaying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantCautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful cautious optimism a feeling that there are some reasons to hope for a good result, even if you do not expect complete success or improvementHoping and hopefulnessPotential cautiously     /-li/ adverb in a cautious wayCautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful cautiousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
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