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precautionary

[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by precaution: precautionary measures.
  2. expressing or advising precaution: precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.
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Sometimes pre·cau·tion·al [pri-kaw-shuh-nl] /prɪˈkɔ ʃə nl/.

Origin of precautionary

First recorded in 1740–50; precaution + -ary
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  • Over his shoulder he shot a final look at once precautionary and triumphant.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Precautionary measures to be adopted against the influx of Chinese.

  • We held a consultation, and decided to omit no precautionary measures.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • With these precautionary hints in mind, we will now proceed to dissect a bird.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • They were told it was only as a precautionary measure in case of an action.


Word Origin and History for precautionary

adj.

1720, from precaution + -ary.

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