from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or constituting a precaution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Advising precaution; containing or expressing precaution.
  • Taking precautions; characterized by previous caution: as, precautionary measures.
  • noun A precaution; a preliminary measure taken for prudential reasons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to precaution, or precautions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or serving as a precaution
  • noun obsolete A precaution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure


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