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[pri-kaw-shuh s]
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  1. using or displaying precaution: a precautious reply; a precautious person.
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Origin of precautious

First recorded in 1705–15; precauti(on) + -ous
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Related Words for precautious

noncommittal, watchful, prudent, tactful, considerate, thoughtful, reasonable, attentive, careful, intelligent, restrained, alert, awake, cagey, calculating, chary, circumspect, civil, conservative, diplomatic

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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.

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