precautionary

[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee]

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by precaution: precautionary measures.
expressing or advising precaution: precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. precartilage,
  2. precast,
  3. precative,
  4. precatory,
  5. precaution,
  6. precautionary principle,
  7. precautious,
  8. precava,
  9. precede,
  10. precedence

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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Word Origin and History for precautionary

precautionary

adj.

1720, from precaution + -ary.

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