AskDefine | Define cautiousness

Dictionary Definition

cautiousness n : the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger; "a man of caution" [syn: caution, carefulness] [ant: incaution]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The state of being cautious; wariness


  • 1853 Daniel Parish Kidder - The Lives of the Popes
    This extreme cautiousness, which was, indeed, the most remarkable feature in his character, still made itself prominent after his elevation.

Extensive Definition

Cautiousness is a faculty from the discipline of Phrenology.


Sensible Cautiousness

Moderately developed, cautiousness brings balanced circumspection, the capacity to act prudently and carefully.

Excessive Cautiousness

Cautiousness is a negative energetical faculty. It stands for fear and shyness and will slow down activity. An overdeveloped cautiousness will give a shy and fearful subject, with procrastination, irresolution and indecision.

The Opposite of Cautiousness

A negative cautiousness stands for reckless action, imprudence, immoderation.


On the sides of the skull, slightly behind the perpendicular line.

Interaction with other faculties

  • Cautiousness + Affection: fear to hurt other people, thus tact, friendliness
  • Cautiousness + Approbativeness: fear for other people's opinion, not daring to tell the truth.
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