Synonyms for cautious

Synonyms for (noun) cautious

Synonyms: cautious, timid

Definition: people who are fearful and cautious

Usage: whitewater rafting is not for the timid

Similar words: people

Definition: (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

Usage: old people; there were at least 200 people in the audience

Synonyms for (adjective) cautious

Synonyms: cautious

Definition: showing careful forethought

Usage: reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions; a cautious driver

Similar words: chary, cagey, cagy

Definition: characterized by great caution and wariness

Usage: a cagey avoidance of a definite answer; chary of the risks involved; a chary investor


Similar words: fabian

Definition: using cautious slow strategy to wear down opposition; avoiding direct confrontation

Usage: a fabian policy


Similar words: gingerly

Definition: with extreme care or delicacy

Usage: they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones; the issue was handled only in a gingerly way- W.S.White


Similar words: guarded, restrained

Definition: prudent

Usage: guarded optimism


Similar words: overcautious

Definition: unnecessarily cautious

Usage: sometimes it doesn't pay to be overcautious in business


Synonyms: cautious, conservative

Definition: avoiding excess

Usage: a conservative estimate

Similar words: moderate

Definition: being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

Usage: 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