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[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee] /prɪˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i/
of, relating to, or characterized by precaution:
precautionary measures.
expressing or advising precaution:
precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.
Also, precautional.
Origin of precautionary
1740-50; precaution + -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • Then his vaccinations were ceased completely, as a precautionary measure.
  • But it is wrong to dismiss the week's woes as an over-precautionary fuss over nothing.
  • In truth, the bail-out fund is intended as a precautionary, confidence-boosting measure.
  • Another thinks it really has found increased risks of certain tumours and wants to call for precautionary measures.
  • He focuses on the many misaligned incentives within finance, and advocates strong regulation with a precautionary focus.
  • Allowing them to tap the credit line may be a shrewd precautionary measure.
Word Origin and History for precautionary

1720, from precaution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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