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[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee] /prɪˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i/
of, relating to, or characterized by precaution:
precautionary measures.
expressing or advising precaution:
precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.
Sometimes, precautional [pri-kaw-shuh-nl] /prɪˈkɔ ʃə nl/ (Show IPA).
Origin of precautionary
First recorded in 1740-50; precaution + -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • 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

1720, from precaution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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