Etymology
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caveat (n.)

"warning, hint of caution," 1550s, Latin, literally "let him beware," 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavere "to beware, take heed, watch, guard against," from PIE root *keu- "to see, observe, perceive." Legal sense "public warning preventing some action" is from 1650s.

updated on October 25, 2017

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Definitions of caveat from WordNet

caveat (n.)
a warning against certain acts;
a caveat against unfair practices
Synonyms: caution
caveat (n.)
(law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing;
a caveat filed against the probate of a will
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