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caution

(Vigilance), noun attention, attentiveness, care, carefulness, cautio, circumspection, concern, consideration, cura, diligence, exactitude, forethought, guardedness, heed, heedfulness, meticulousness, mindfulness, prudence, prudentia, regard, thoroughness, wariness, watchfulness
Associated concepts: due caution, ordinary caution

caution

(Warning), noun admonition, alarm, alert, augury, caveat, exhortation, foreboding, foretelling, monition, notice, omen, portent, precursor, presage, prognosis, prognostic
Associated concepts: cautionary instructions

caution

verb admonish, advise against, apprise, be vigilant, communicate to, counsel, dissuade, exhort, exhort to take heed, forearm, foreshow, forewarn, give advice, give fair warning, give intimation of impending evil, give notice, give warning, give warning of possible harm, inform, make aware, monere, notify of danger, persuade against, predict, prenotify, prepare for the worst, prescribe, prewarn, put on guard, remonstrate, serve notice, sound the alarm, spell danger, take precautions, urge, warn
Associated concepts: due caution, ordinary caution, unusual caution
Foreign phrases: Abundans cautela non nocet.Extreme caution does no harm.
See also: admonish, admonition, advise, alert, care, castigate, caveat, charge, counsel, deliberation, deter, deterrent, diligence, discourage, discretion, dissuade, exhort, expostulate, forewarn, heed, hesitation, indicant, inform, monition, notice, notification, notify, portend, precaution, premonition, prudence, restraint, signify, warn, warning

caution

1 a formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his words will be taken down and may be used in evidence.
2 a warning to a person by the police, or in Scotland by the Procurator Fiscal, that while it is considered that there is enough evidence for a prosecution, no such prosecution will take place but that the matter will be kept on file.
3 a notice entered on the register of title to land that prevents a proprietor from disposing of land without a notice to the person who entered the caution.
4 see GUARANTEE.

CAUTION. A term of the Roman civil law, which is used in various senses. It signifies, sometimes, security, or security promised. Generally every writing is called cautio, a caution by which any object is provided for. Vicat, ad verb. In the common law a distinction is made between a contract and the security. The contract may be good and the security void. The contract may be divisible, and the security entire and indivisible. 2 Burr, 1082. The securities or cautions judicially required of the defendant, are, judicio sisti, to attend and appear during the pendency of the suit; de rato, to confirm the acts of his attorney or proctor; judicium solvi, to pay the sum adjudged against him. Coop. Just. 647; Hall's Admiralty Practice, 12; 2 Brown, Civ. Law, 356.

CAUTION, TURATORY, Scotch law. Juratory caution is that which a suspender swears is the best he can offer in order to obtain a suspension. Where the suspender cannot, from his low or suspected circumstances, procure unquestionable security, juratory caution is admitted. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 3, 6.

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A total of 12 offenders were cautioned for causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, while 34 were cautioned for causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Three were cautioned for "other" offences which the force did not disclose.
A further 84 were cautioned for trafficking in controlled drugs, while there were no cautions last year for the possession of cannabis, since the drug was downgraded.
A juror said the e-mails -- including one where Stodder cautioned Dowie that adding $30,000 to the DWP's bill for December 2002 was more than the ``system could bear'' -- helped crystalize the issue.
The uncle of a schoolgirl strangled to death in the Babes in the Wood murders in 1986 said the idea that anybody could be cautioned for serious sexual crimes was "staggering".
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Law Society revealed that 36 per cent of the 5,092 suspects arrested for drug offences in the region between September 2008 and August 2009, were cautioned.
A third were cautioned and a fifth were given a community or suspended sentence.
They are issued within a strict criteria set out by the Government and have proved successful in preventing people from reoffending, with over 70% of people cautioned not reappearing in the criminal justice system.
People may be cautioned for a relatively minor offence but they don't realise it then goes on their police record," she said.
West Midlands Police cautioned 229 people for possession of class A drugs in 2004, the Home Office revealed.
THE Soham murders might never have happened if police had cautioned Ian Huntley in their first contact with him nine years ago.
But Greenspan cautioned that these productivity gains can't go on forever.