[pri-kaw-shuh s]


using or displaying precaution: a precautious reply; a precautious person.

Origin of precautious

First recorded in 1705–15; precauti(on) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for precautious

Historical Examples of precautious

  • I've always noticed that these directions for use are too precautious.

    Priscilla's Spies

    George A. Birmingham

  • The change is not present and the sensible way to have agony is not precautious.

    Geography and Plays

    Gertrude Stein

Word Origin and History for precautious

1680s, from precaution + -ous. Related: Precautiously; precautiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper