) KEY NOUN:
- 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).
- A qualification or explanation.
- 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.
, ca·ve·ats VERB: intr. Law
VERB: tr. Informal
- To enter a caveat.
- To qualify with a warning or clarification: The spokesperson caveated the statement with a reminder that certain facts were still unknown.
From Latin, let him beware
, third person sing. present subjunctive of cavre
, to beware