Legal Definition and Related Resources of Caution

Meaning of Caution

means a warning; a notice given to all and sundry of an interest that a person has in land and tenements, as in the case of an administrator or an executor registering a caution against title to the land forming part of the estate , generally with a view to postpone the vesting of the same in beneficiaries.

Synonyms of Caution

(Vigilance), noun

  • attention
  • attentiveness
  • care
  • carefulness
  • cautio
  • circumspection
  • concern
  • conscientiousness
  • consideration
  • cura
  • diligence
  • exactitude
  • exactness
  • forethought
  • guardedness
  • heed
  • heedfulness
  • meticulousness
  • mindfulness
  • prudence
  • prudentia
  • regard
  • thoroughness
  • wariness
  • watchfulness
  • Associated Concepts: due caution
  • ordinary caution

(Warning), noun

  • admonition
  • alarm
  • alert
  • augury
  • caveat
  • exhortation
  • foreboding
  • foretelling
  • forewarning
  • monition
  • notice
  • omen
  • portent
  • precursor
  • préfiguration
  • presage
  • prognosis
  • prognostic
  • Associated Concepts: cautionary instructions


  • admonition
  • alarm
  • alert
  • augury
  • caveat
  • exhortation
  • foreboding
  • foretelling
  • forewarning
  • monition
  • notice
  • omen
  • portent
  • precursor
  • préfiguration
  • presage
  • prognosis
  • prognostic
  • Associated Concepts: cautionary instructions CAUTION
  • verbadmonish
  • 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
  • precaution
  • predict
  • prenotify
  • prepare for the worst
  • prescribe
  • presignify
  • prewarn
  • put on guard
  • remonstrate
  • serve notice
  • sound the alarm
  • spell danger
  • take precautions
  • urge
  • warn
  • Associated Concepts: due caution
  • ordinary caution
  • unusual cautionforeign phrases: Abundans cautela non nocet
  • Extreme caution does no harm

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Caution in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of caution.

Meaning of Caution in Spanish

Description/ translation of caution into Spanish: (in the law of England and Wales/ en el derecho de Inglaterra y Gales) obligación que asume el sospechoso a cambio de que el Fiscal renuncie a perseguir; se habla de simple caution cuando el interés público justifica simplemente renunciar a encausar, y de conditional caution cuando, pese a que el interés público justificaría el encausamiento, el Ministerio Público renuncia a perseguir atendiendo al interés del autor de la infracción, de la víctima o de la sociedad en general. En tal caso, elFiscal impone al infractor ciertas condiciones orientadas a la rehabilitación o a la reparación de las consecuencias de la infracción[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where caution belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Caution published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Caution

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

1. (in criminal law)

a. A warning that should normally be given by a police officer, in accordance with a code of practice issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, when he has grounds for believing that a person has committed an offence and when arresting him. The caution is in the following terms: “You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.” The caution must be given before any questions are put. If a person is not under arrest when a caution is given, the officer must say so; if he is at a police station the officer must also tell him that he is free to leave and remind him that he may obtain legal advice. The officer must record the caution in his pocket book or the interview record, as appropriate.

See right of silence.

b. A warning by a police officer, on releasing a suspect when it has been decided not to bring a prosecution against him, that if he is subsequently reported for any other offence, the circumstances relating to his first alleged offence may be taken into account. It is common practice for the police to give this type of caution, although the procedure has no statutory basis and there are no legal consequences if it is not followed.

2. (in land law) A document lodged at the Land Registry by a person having an interest in registered land, requiring that no dealing with that land be registered until the cautioner has been notified, so that he may lodge an objectio For example, a caution might be lodged by someone who was induced by fraud to convey his land, in order to prevent the fraudulent transferee from registering his title. If a caution is lodged unreasonably the cautioner may be ordered to compensate anyone to whom it causes loss. The Land Registrar may order the caution to be vacated if he considers it to be unjust.

Justice System: caution



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