Ca"ve*at (?), n. [L. caved let him beware, pres. subj. of cavere to be on one's guard to, beware.]

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 caveat entered in a probate court to stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of administration, etc.


2. U. S. PatentLaws

A description of some invention, designed to be patented, lodged in the patent office before the patent right is applied for, and operating as a bar to the issue of letters patent to any other person, respecting the same invention.

⇒ A caveat is operative for one year only, but may be renewed.


Intimation of caution; warning; protest.

We think it right to enter our caveat against a conclusion. Jeffrey.

Caveat emptor [L.] Law, let the purchaser beware, i. e., let him examine the article he is buying, and act on his own judgment.


© Webster 1913.

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