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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.

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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Although his polemical writing is fully engaged with his Native American cultural legacy, Durham cautions against a narrow understanding of self and identity.
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The ultrasound itself is difficult to administer and read, so Greenland cautions against relying too heavily on this technique.
Nudds cautions against applying these results directly to rabies or to skunks, but he does note similarities between the way rabies and canine distemper spread and the way skunks and raccoons adapt to city living.
"Genetic analysis in fruit flies lets us go very far, very fast." At the same time, he cautions against assuming that behavioral similarities translate into cellular ones.
Diaz of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder cautions against concluding that greenhouse gases have caused this century's Precipitation changes.
Nolan cautions against any immediate plans for using such altered viruses to treat people infected with HIV, citing concern that the viruses might spread to and harm uninfected people.
Greene expects his group's work will stimulate renewed interest in adenosine, but he cautions against expecting a new sleeping pill soon.
John Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a pioneer of this so-called viral load test, cautions against drawing firm conclusions from the new study.
Even Potter cautions against physicians trying this test out yet.
Howards, a urologist at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, cautions against jumping to the conclusion that vasectomy is one cause of prostate cancer.
Page, a pathologist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., calls the correlation between survival and blood-vessel counts "an exciting observation." However, Page, who wrote an editorial in the same issue, cautions against "unbridled enthusiasm" for the test, which is not ready for widespread use.