caveat definition

  • noun:
    • A warning or caution: "One Last caveat: Many experts believe that consumers get unsatisfactory results if they do not specify demonstrably what they want” ( Savvy).
    • A qualification or explanation.
    • Law A formal notice filed by an interested party with a court or officer, asking for the postponement of a proceeding before filer is heard.
    • a warning
    • a qualification or exclusion
    • a notice asking for a postponement of a court continuing
    • an official notice interesting in land, under a Torrens land-title system
    • A notice given by an interested party to some officer never to do a specific work until the celebration is heard in resistance
    • A description of some creation, made to be patented, lodged into the patent office prior to the patent right is applied for, and running as a bar on issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting similar invention.
    • Intimation of care; warning; protest.
    • In law, a notice recorded or mentioned in a public company to stop some proceeding being had except after caution to the caveator, or person making the caveat: because, a caveat submitted utilizing the probate judge from the probate of a will.
    • Figuratively, intimation of care; warning; admonition; hint.
    • (legislation) a formal notice submitted with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until filer is offered a hearing
    • a warning against certain acts
  • verb-intransitive:
    • Law To enter a caveat.
  • verb-transitive:
    • Informal To be considered with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that one facts were still as yet not known.
  • verb:
    • To be considered a certain statement with a proviso or caveat
    • To lodge an official notice of great interest in land, under a Torrens land-title system
    • To issue a notice asking for that proceedings be suspended
    • To warn or caution against some event
  • others:
    • To enter a caveat.
    • In fencing, to shift the sword in one side of an adversary's sword to the other.

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