A Latin term that means "let him beware." Caveats have many applications in law and finance, pertaining to all parties involved being aware of all of the facts of a legal proceeding or transaction. Caveat is usually interpreted as a sort of warning or cautionary expression.
Caveats are frequently applied in expressions such as "caveat emptor," which means "let the buyer beware." Another phrase is "caveat subscriptor," which means "let the seller beware." Caveats can also refer to formal notices that are submitted during legal proceedings that stop or postpone the proceedings until the filer of the notice addressses the court or judge.
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caveat — ca·ve·at / ka vē ˌät, ˌat; kä vē ˌät, kā vē ˌat/ n [Latin, may he/she beware] 1 a: a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices b: an explanation to prevent a misinterpretation 2: a notice to a court or judicial officer to suspend a… … Law dictionary
Caveat — Caveat, the third person singular present subjunctive of the Latin cavere , means warning (or more literally, let him beware ); it can be shorthand for Latin phrases such as: * Caveat lector , let the reader beware * Caveat emptor , let the buyer … Wikipedia
Caveat — Ca ve*at, n. [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere to be on one s guard to, beware.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition; as, a… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
caveat — cav‧e‧at [ˈkæviæt, ˈkeɪ ] noun [countable] formal a warning that you need to be careful about something, especially about a choice or decision that you are thinking of making: • The company gives a caveat at the end of the advertisement, listing… … Financial and business terms
caveat — is pronounced kav i at, and means ‘a warning or reservation’: • Any discussion of legal action must be preceded by a caveat on costs M. Binney et al., 1991 • Bearing in mind some caveats below, it is possible to predict the relative difficulty of … Modern English usage
Caveat — emptor Caveat emptor est une expression latine signifiant « que l acheteur soit vigilant ». Dans certaines juridictions, l acheteur n avait aucune garantie sur la qualité des produits. Aujourd hui, les lois de plusieurs pays exigent que … Wikipédia en Français
Cavĕat — (lat., »er hüte sich«), Bezeichnung für eine gerichtliche Verwarnung; Klausel, die im Patentrecht einzelner Länder den Vorbehalt einer künftigen Verbesserung gestattet … Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon
Caveat — Cavĕat (lat., »er hüte sich«), gerichtliche Verwarnungsformel, bes. Klausel bei Patenten, die dem Patentinhaber eine künftige Verbesserung vorbehält. Caveant consules etc., bisweilen irrtümlich zitiert für Videant consules etc. (s.d.) … Kleines Konversations-Lexikon
caveat — A formal warning. Beware! (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 … Glossary of Bankruptcy
caveat — 1540s, from Latin, lit. let him beware, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of cavere to beware, take heed, watch, guard against, from PIE root *skeue to pay attention, perceive (Cf. Skt. kavih wise, sage, seer, poet; Lith. kavoti tend,… … Etymology dictionary
caveat — [n] warning admonition, alarm, caution, commonition, forewarning, monition, sign; concepts 78,274 … New thesaurus