precautionary

[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by precaution: precautionary measures.
2.
expressing or advising precaution: precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.
Also, precautional.


Origin:
1740–50; precaution + -ary

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precaution (prɪˈkɔːʃən)
 
n
1.  an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event
2.  caution practised beforehand; circumspection
 
[C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautiō, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae before + cavēre to beware]
 
pre'cautionary
 
adj
 
pre'cautional
 
adj
 
pre'cautious
 
adj

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Example sentences
The precautionary principle will reduce unnecessary public alarm and personal
  anxiety.
Many people also don't seem to understand the concept of the precautionary
  principle, and science itself.
They take the precautionary principle and apply it upside-down: if the science
  isn't settled, err on the side of the economy.
The defendants will first have to convince their own lawyers to fight this,
  rather than recommend a precautionary shut-down.
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