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caveat emptor

Definition:

a commercial principle that without a warranty the buyer takes upon himself the risk of quality

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Usage:

Latin

Plural:

caveat emptors

Type of:

principle » rule » direction » message

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

From Latin caveat ēmptor, let the buyer beware: caveat, third person singular...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Caveat emptor

/ˌkæviːɑːt ˈɛmptɔr/ is Latin for "Let the buyer beware". Generally, caveat emptor is the property law principle that controls the sale of real property after the date of closing, but may also apply to sales of other goods. Under the principle... (41 of 1037 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Caveat emptor

Collins Dictionary:

caveat emptor

the principle that the buyer must bear the risk for the quality of goods purchased unless they are covered by the seller's warranty (23 of 398 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/caveat-emptor

Britannica Encyclopedia:

caveat emptor [law]

in the law of commercial transactions, principle that the buyer purchases at his own risk in the absence of an express warranty in the contract. As a ... (27 of 200 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/100648​/caveat-emptor

Oxford Dictionary:

caveat emptor

the principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made (21 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/caveat-emptor

Wiktionary:

caveat emptor [Latin]

Used as a warning to anyone buying something that there might be unforeseen problems or faults with what is bought. | [law] A provision of Roman law which gave the seller of a house the legal right to keep quiet about any defects of a house which he... (47 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/caveat emptor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

caveat emptor [formal]

used for saying that when you buy something you are responsible for checking its quality (15 of 49 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/caveat-emptor

American Heritage Dictionary:

caveat emptor

The axiom or principle in commerce that the buyer alone is responsible for assessing the quality of a purchase before buying. (21 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caveat-emptor

Merriam-Webster:

caveat emptor

a principle in commerce: without a warranty the buyer takes the risk (12 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/caveat emptor

Random House Dictionary:

caveat emptor

let the buyer beware: the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for its quality unless it's guaranteed in a warranty. (25 of 38 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/caveat-emptor

Cambridge Dictionary:

caveat emptor [formal]

used for saying that buyers must take responsibility for the quality of goods that they are buying (17 of 23 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/caveat-emptor

New World Dictionary:

caveat emptor

let the buyer beware (i.e., one buys at one's own risk) (11 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caveat-emptor

Encarta Dictionary:

caveat emptor

the commercial principle that the buyer is responsible for making sure that goods bought are of a reasonable quality, unless the seller is offering a ... (25 of 52 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595600​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

caveat emptor

Origin: From Latin caveat ēmptor, let the buyer beware: caveat, third person singular present subjunctive of cavēre, to beware + ēmptor, buyer.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caveat-emptor

Wiktionary:

caveat emptor [Latin]

Origin: caveat ("may he beware"), the subjunctive of caveo ("I beware") + emptor ("buyer").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/caveat emptor

Online Etymology:

caveat emptor

Origin: Latin, literally "let the buyer beware"; see "caveat" and "exempt" (adjective).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=caveat emptor

Merriam-Webster:

caveat emptor

First use: 1523

Origin: New Latin, let the buyer beware

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/caveat emptor

Collins Dictionary:

Oxford Dictionary:

caveat emptor

Origin: Latin, "let the buyer beware"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/caveat-emptor

New World Dictionary:

Encarta Dictionary:

caveat emptor

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: Latin, "let the buyer beware"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595600​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

caveat emptor [Latin]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/caveat emptor

Collins Dictionary:

caveat emptor

Audio: British English pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/caveat-emptor

Macmillan American Dictionary:

caveat emptor [formal]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/caveat-emptor

Macmillan British Dictionary:

caveat emptor [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/caveat-emptor

Cambridge Dictionary:

caveat emptor [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "caveat emptor"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "caveat emptor"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/caveat-emptor

Google Dictionary:

caveat emptor

Audio: English pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

caveat emptor

Audio: North American pronunciation of "caveat emptor"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=caveat​03 word=caveat emptor

YourDictionary Audio:

caveat emptor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "caveat emptor" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caveat-emptor

the Free Dictionary:

caveat emptor

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "caveat emptor" by speech synthesizer

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