caution

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caution

1. Law chiefly Brit a formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his words will be taken down and may be used in evidence
2. a notice entered on the register of title to land that prevents a proprietor from disposing of his land without a notice to the person who entered the caution
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where a is top is to Blues captain Michael Morrison returns to the fold after being left out against Bournemouth as Redknapp erred on the side of caution.
Team director Andy Flower erred on the side of caution by resting Anderson for the dead rubber Test against West Indies following a minor thigh niggle.
To be honest, I could have probably played last week and this, but the medical staff have very sensibly erred on the side of caution.