Latin Legal Terms

Caute

Caute (or “cautim”) – this Latin term means cautiously, with security. The origin of this term comes from the word “cautela”, which literally means caution, precaution; security. In practice, it participates for example, in the legal phrase “Pro majori cautela”, which literally means “for bigger care”. Usually it applies in the sphere of Law of Contracts, where refers to a term or clause, implemented into an agreement to secure better the interests of a party. Such clause would be to pay the sale price of an item only when handling it to you by the vendor; and not earlier. Or a clause to pay the total price for a new house on its completion and not earlier.

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