Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun cautious

1 sense of cautious

Sense 1
timid, cautious -- (people who are fearful and cautious; "whitewater rafting is not for the timid")
       => people -- ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience")

Antonyms of adj cautious

2 senses of cautious

Sense 1
cautious (vs. incautious) -- (showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver")

incautious (vs. cautious) -- (lacking in caution; "an incautious remark"; "incautious talk")
        => hotheaded, impulsive, impetuous, madcap, tearaway (prenominal), brainish -- (characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; (`brainish' is archaic))

Sense 2
cautious, conservative -- (avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate")

INDIRECT (VIA moderate) -> immoderate -- (beyond reasonable limits; "immoderate laughter"; "immoderate spending")

Similarity of adj cautious

2 senses of cautious

Sense 1
cautious (vs. incautious) -- (showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver")
       => cagey, cagy, chary -- (characterized by great caution and wariness; "a cagey avoidance of a definite answer"; "chary of the risks involved"; "a chary investor")
       => fabian -- (using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation; "a fabian policy")
       => gingerly -- (with extreme care or delicacy; "they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones"; "the issue was handled only in a gingerly way"- W.S.White)
       => guarded, restrained -- (prudent; "guarded optimism")
       => overcautious -- (unnecessarily cautious; "sometimes it doesn't pay to be overcautious in business")
          Also See-> careful#1; unadventurous#1

Sense 2
cautious, conservative -- (avoiding excess; "a conservative estimate")
       => moderate (vs. immoderate) -- (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme; "moderate prices"; "a moderate income"; "a moderate fine"; "moderate demands"; "a moderate estimate"; "a moderate eater"; "moderate success"; "a kitchen of moderate size"; "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart")

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