V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a warning against certain acts; 2. in law, an official request to a court not to proceed with a case without notice to the person making the request

Synonyms: caution, warning, admonition, sign, condition


Tips: Caveat is derived from the Latin word for “let him or her beware,” from cavere, “to heed.” Think, "warning." Caveat can be a more sophisticated way of saying "warning" or "caution." Caveat is also used to protect a person's statement. (i.e: "I will provide you with an answer, with one caveat: I am not an expert in this subject.")

Usage Examples:

Holding out for a higher salary before accepting a job offer has one major caveat: someone else might get the job instead. (caution)

My office distributed a memo with a caveat against using the fax machine for personal business. (warning)

I will do the interview with the caveat that I have final say as to whether the interview is printed or not. (condition)

The law was created as a caveat against unfair business practices. (caution, admonition)

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