Meaning of “cautious” in the English Dictionary

"cautious" in English

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uk /ˈkɔː.ʃəs/ us /ˈkɑː.ʃəs/

B2 Someone who is cautious avoids risks:

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 expect complete success or improvement

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adverb uk /ˈkɔː.ʃə us /ˈkɑː.ʃə

in a cautious way

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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us /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.
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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uk /ˈkɔːʃəs/ us

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 successful outcome for the financial year.

Textile and garment companies in China reacted cautiously to the announcement.

(Definition of “cautious” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)