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Feb 26, 2010
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Latin terms in English

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locum
ex cathedra
de jure
ad hominem
caveat

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

caveat

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAV-ee-aht, KAH-vee-, KAY-)

MEANING:
noun:
  1. A warning or caution.
  2. In law, a formal notice filed by someone requesting a court to suspend a proceeding until the filer is heard.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin caveat (let him beware), from cavere (to beware). The most well known caveat is caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).

USAGE:
"Just a caveat here, any increase in interest rates may impact the profitability of banks."
Investing: Paras Adenwala; Business Standard (Mumbai, India); Feb 4, 2010.

See more usage examples of caveat in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there -- lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

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