cautiously optimistic meaning, cautiously optimistic definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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1       adj   Someone who is cautious acts very carefully in order to avoid possible danger.  
oft ADJ about n/-ing   (=careful)     (Antonym: rash)    The scientists are cautious about using enzyme therapy on humans..., He is a very cautious man.     
   cautiously             adv   usu ADV with v, also ADV adj  
David moved cautiously forward and looked over the edge..., Cautiously, he moved himself into an upright position.     
2       adj   If you describe someone's attitude or reaction as cautious, you mean that it is limited or careful.   (=circumspect)     (Antonym: rash)    He has been seen as a champion of a more cautious approach to economic reform.     
   cautiously             adv   usu ADV adj, also ADV with v     (Antonym: rashly)    I am cautiously optimistic that a new government will be concerned and aware about the environment..., Rebel sources have so far reacted cautiously to the threat.     
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