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Meaning of Caveat

(Lat. let him beware). In Practice. A notice not to do an act, given to some officer, ministerial or judicial, by a party having an interest in the matter. It is a formal caution or warning not to do the act mentioned, and is addressed frequently to prevent the admission to probate of wills, the granting letters of administration, etc. 1 Bouv. Inst. 71, 534; 3 Bl. Comm. 246; 2 Chit. Prac. 502, note b; 3 Bin (Pa.) 314; 3 Halst. (N. J.) 139. It is also used to prevent the issuance of a patent for lands. See 9 Grat. (Va.) 508. In Patent Law. A legal notice not to issue a patent of a particular description to any other person without allowing caveator an opportunity to establish his priority of invention. It is filed in the patent office under statutory regulations. This principal object of filing it is to obtain for an inventor time to perfect his invention without the risk of having a patent granted to another person for the same thing. Rev. St. U.S. § 4902.


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Caveat Legal Definition

“Let him beware”. A formal warning given by a party to a court or judge against the performance of certain acts within his or her power and jurisdiction.

Synonyms of Caveat


  • notice
  • advisement
  • alert
  • announcement
  • augury
  • bodement
  • caution
  • communication
  • direction
  • foretoken
  • forewarning
  • implication
  • indication
  • instruction
  • lesson
  • monition
  • notice
  • notification
  • order
  • portendance
  • portendment
  • portention
  • préfiguration
  • premonition
  • prewarning
  • telling
  • warning
  • warning sign
  • Associated Concepts: caveat emptor
  • caveat venditor

Caveat in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

Latin. Let him take heed; let him beware. A formal notice or warning to an officer or a court not to do a specified act; as, not to probate a will, grant letters of administration, issue letters-patent for an invention or for land, – until the person procuring the order can be heard in opposition to the contemplated act or proceeding. SeeSlocum v. Grandin, 38 N.J.E. 488 (1884).

Note: This legal definition of Caveat in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Legal System: Caveat

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Caveat :

(from Latin: let him beware)

A notice, usually in the form of an entry in a register, to the effect that no action of a certain kind may be taken without first informing the person who gave the notice (the caveator). For example, a caveat may be filed in the Probate Registry by someone claiming an interest in a deceased person's estate. The caveat prevents anyone else from obtaining a *grant of representation without reference to the caveator, who may thus ensure that his claim is dealt with in the distribution of the estate.

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