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The good news comes with these caveats.
  a warning or qualification of a more general statement
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caveat caveats caveated
Often used by itself or as part of a phase such as:
  • caveat emptor — let the buyer beware
  • caveat venditor — let the seller beware
  • caveat lector — let the reader beware

At one time, caveat had a more specific legal meaning:  a formal notice filed with a court or officer to suspend a proceeding until the filer is given a hearing.
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  • The good news comes with these caveats.
  • The only caveat was that she’d have to come to me every two years as the results of the spell began to fade.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Exhausted by her persistence, Louie finally agreed to go, with one caveat: When Graham said, "Every head bowed, every eye closed," they were leaving.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Okay . but one caveat.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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  • Here’s the caveat: seeing and blindness are generally at issue in many works, even where there is no hint of blindness on the part of windows, alleys, horses, speculations, or persons.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But the annoying caveat was that any A Group prisoner found sharing his newspaper with a non-A Group prisoner would lose his newspaper privileges.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And yet the literature was filled with ominous caveats.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • All those caveats noted, the case for investing in girls’ education is still very, very strong.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The only caveat was Hunter.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Here is the first caveat.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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  • The same caveat lies against the work of the later makers of dictionaries; they have gone ahead of common usage in the matter of orthography, but they have hung back in the far more important matter of vocabulary, and have neglected the most important matter of idiom altogether.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Rhett suggested "Caveat Emptorium," assuring her that it would be a title most in keeping with the type of goods sold in the store.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Yes, the Caveat.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Even the caveats didn’t scare me much.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Now, the second caveat is relaxation.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • In addition, Thornton added a provisional class of "words and phrases of which I have found earlier examples in American than in English writers; . with the /caveat/ that further research may reverse the claim"—a class offering specimens in /alarmist/, /capitalize/, /eruptiveness/, /horse of another colour/ (/sic!
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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Associated words [difficulty]:   caveat [7] , non sequitur [7] , terra firma [7] , mea culpa [8] , casus belli [9] , pro rata [9]
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