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"cautious" in British English

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cautiousadjective

uk   /ˈkɔː.ʃəs/  us   /ˈkɑː.ʃəs/
B2 Someone who is cautious ​avoidsrisks: He's a cautious ​driver.
B2 A cautious ​action is ​careful, well ​considered, and sometimes ​slow or ​uncertain: a cautious ​approach cautious ​criticism
cautious optimism
a ​feeling that there are some ​reasons to ​hope for a good ​result, ​even if you do not ​expectcompletesuccess or ​improvement

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cautiously
adverb uk   /ˈkɔː.ʃəs.li/  us   /ˈkɑː.ʃəs.li/
in a cautious way
cautiousness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɔː.ʃəs.nəs/  us   /ˈkɑː.ʃəs.nəs/
(Definition of cautious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cautious" in American English

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cautiousadjective

 us   /ˈkɔ·ʃəs/
not ​actingquickly in ​order to ​avoidrisks; ​careful: Most ​doctors are cautious about ​advising you to have ​surgery. Auto ​companies are taking a cautious ​approach toward ​introducingelectriccars.
cautiously
adverb  us   /ˈkɔ·ʃəs·li/
She was in the ​habit of ​driving cautiously.
(Definition of cautious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cautious" in Business English

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cautiousadjective

uk   us   /ˈkɔːʃəs/
very careful about what you do or say and unwilling to take ​risks because you want to ​avoid possible problems: be cautious about sth/about doing sth Businesses have become cautious about ​spending on ​technology.a cautious approach/strategy He said the ​group would continue its cautious ​approach to ​expanding in Japan until it better understood the ​market.
cautious optimism
a ​feeling that you can be hopeful about a ​situation although you ​realize that there still could be problems: There is cautious ​optimism for a ​successfuloutcome for the ​financialyear.
cautiously
adverb
Textile and garment ​companies in China ​reacted cautiously to the announcement.
(Definition of cautious from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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