Until Latin you have to leave to find the etymological origin of the term caution. Specifically, we can see that it comes from the word "caution," which was used to refer to the person who is careful and prudent. That, in turn, is the result of the sum of the root of the verb "caveo", which can be translated as "be careful", and the suffix "-la".
The caution is the caution and the watch out in proceeding. The term can be associated with the prudence and the measure . For example: "The animal moved cautiously to avoid falling", "With caution, the teenager opened the door of the house trying not to wake his parents", “I recommend driving cautiously: the road is wet and slippery”.
Caution is usually a reaction to the detection of a risk . A person who walks carrying a bucket with cold water will not do it in the same way as if carrying a pot with boiling water : if the cold water is spilled it will not have big problems, however, if the boiling water is spilled, it can burn badly. Most likely, therefore, in the second case, walk more cautiously, paying close attention to avoid tripping.
We must not forget either the existence of a verbal phrase that uses the word that concerns us. Specifically, it is "absolve someone cautiously." It is an expression that was used in reference to ecclesiastical judgments and with it it was expressed that someone had been acquitted in the course of it because there were doubts about whether or not he had fallen into excommunication.
Within the scope of Law, specifically in the field of Civil Law, there is also the term countercautela. This is a word that is used to refer to that guarantee that is required, in a procedural way, to all those who have requested what is a precautionary measure, in relation to what would be the damages or the damages resulting from the cited measure.
It must be established that this guarantee will not be enforceable in cases in which the applicant was, for example, the State. And it is necessary to take into account that the sense of the aforementioned countercautela is that within the judicial field there is a remarkable balance between the parties.
It is possible to associate caution, on the other hand, with caution to avoid being discovered. Suppose a mother prohibits Your son will eat some cookies that he keeps in a jar on the cupboard. The child, when the mother moves away from the kitchen, decides to take that jar. For that he will approach with caution, trying not to make noise so as not to get his mother's attention.
It can be said, in general, that developing an action with caution is a mechanism of protection , since it seeks to prevent damage (in the case of our examples, the damage would be burning with boiling water or being discovered by the mother).