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"cautious" in British English

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cautiousadjective

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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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 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
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   /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.
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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“cautious” in British English

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