[pri-kaw-shuh s]


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

Nearby words

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

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

  • 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