Cautious words list
Frequently Used Cautious Words and Phrases
Table 1 lists verbs, adverbs, nouns and phrases frequently used in academic writing to convey a cautious tone.
Table 1. Common verbs, adverbs, nouns and phrases used to convey a cautious tone.
|may, might, could, wouldsuggests
seems to, appears to, tends to indicate
tends to be/indicates
mostly, mainly, largely
|The probability of this occurrence is unlikely
|It seems / appears that…It would appear that….
It might be suggested that ….
It may be possible to obtain…
It could be the case that…
It could be said that…
The evidence suggests …
It is generally considered that…
It is likely…
In some/many/most cases…
Some believe that…
To the extent that…
With the exception of….
It is relatively uncommon that…
The procedure is perhaps central to …