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precautionary

or precautional

[pri-kaw-shuh-ner-ee] /prɪˈkɔ ʃəˌnɛr i/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by precaution:
precautionary measures.
2.
expressing or advising precaution:
precautionary warnings against possible tornadoes.
Origin of precautionary
1740-1750
1740-50; precaution + -ary
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  • It was evidently a part of her precautionary foresight that he should know.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Over his shoulder he shot a final look at once precautionary and triumphant.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • As a precautionary measure, I removed the Hindoo aft to the deceased Captain's cabin.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • We held a consultation, and decided to omit no precautionary measures.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • No amount of precautionary measures could have made this type of craft seaworthy.

    Windjammers and Sea Tramps Walter Runciman
Word Origin and History for precautionary
adj.

1720, from precaution + -ary.

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