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 proceeding until the opposition can be heard
a caveat entered in the probate court to stop the proving of the will
caveat vb

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun admonishment, admonition, advance notice, advisement, alert, announcement, augury, bodement, caution, communication, direction, foretoken, forewarning, implication, indication, instruction, lesson, monition, notice, notification, order, portendance, portendment, portention, prefiguration, premonition, prewarning, telling, warning, warning sign associated concepts: caveat emptor, caveat venditor II index admonition III index caution (warning), deterrence, deterrent, instruction (direction), measure, monition (warning), notice (warning), warning

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(Latin) Let him beware; a warning.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

(kav-ee-aht) (1) Latin for "let him beware"; a warning or caution. (2) A formal notification by an interested party to a court, judge, or ministerial officer not to do an act till the party giving the notice has the opportunity to be heard.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

In Scottish law, a document lodged by a party with the court to ensure that no interim interdict or other interim order is pronounced without a hearing attended by the parties.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. Latin Let him or her beware.
1 An admonition, caution, or warning.
2 A formal notice or warning given by a party to a judge or other court officer concerning his or her behavior and requesting a suspension of the proceeding until the merits of the notice or warning are determined.
3 A formal notice to a court or public official that the notifier has an interest in a matter or property and requests the suspension of some procedure or proceeding concerning the matter or property until the notifier is given a hearing.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

(Latin: Let him beware.)
A warning; admonition. A formal notice or warning given by an interested party to a court, judge, or ministerial officer in opposition to certain acts within his or her power and jurisdiction.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

[Latin, Let him beware.] A warning; admonition. A formal notice or warning given by an interested party to a court, judge, or ministerial officer in opposition to certain acts within his or her power and jurisdiction.
II A warning; a note of caution. III Notice of opposition; caution; warning.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   (kah-vee-ott) from Latin caveat for "let him beware."
   1) a warning or caution.
   2) a popular term used by lawyers to point out that there may be a hidden problem or defect. In effect, "I just want to warn you that:."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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