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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A warning or caution: "A final caveat: Most experts feel that clients get unsatisfactory results when they don't specify clearly what they want” ( Savvy).
  • n. A qualification or explanation.
  • n. Law A formal notice filed by an interested party with a court or officer, requesting the postponement of a proceeding until the filer is heard.
  • intransitive v. Law To enter a caveat.
  • transitive v. Informal To qualify with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a warning
  • n. a qualification or exception
  • n. a notice requesting a postponement of a court proceeding
  • n. a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system
  • v. To qualify a particular statement with a proviso or caveat
  • v. To lodge a formal notice of interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system
  • v. To issue a notice requesting that proceedings be suspended
  • v. To warn or caution against some event

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition
  • n. A description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention.
  • n. Intimation of caution; warning; protest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a notice filed or noted in a public office to prevent some proceeding being had except after warning to the caveator, or person making the caveat: as, a caveat filed with the probate court against the probate of a will.
  • n. Figuratively, intimation of caution; warning; admonition; hint.
  • To enter a caveat.
  • In fencing, to shift the sword from one side of an adversary's sword to the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is given a hearing
  • n. a warning against certain acts

Etymologies

From Latin, let him beware, third person sing. present subjunctive of cavēre, to beware.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin verb form caveat ("he may beware of"), from caveō ("I beware of"). (Wiktionary)

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