precautionary[prĭ-kôˈshə-nĕrˌē] also pre·cau·tion·al [-shə-nəl]
precautionary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Variant of precaution
- care taken beforehand; caution used in advance
- a measure taken beforehand against possible danger, failure, etc.
Origin: French précaution ; from Late Latin praecautio ; from Classical Latin praecautus, past participle of praecavere ; from prae-, before (see pre-) plush cavere, to take care: for Indo-European base see hear
- precautionary adjective