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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a precaution: taking precautionary measures; gave precautionary advice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or serving as a precaution
  • n. A precaution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to precaution, or precautions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • adj. taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure

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Examples

  • But 69% of toxicologists rejected this “precautionary” approach to chemical regulation, and only 23% rated Europe's regulatory system, which is based on this precautionary principle, as superior to our own.

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  • PARKER: We do have what we refer to as precautionary and recommended.

    CNN Transcript Oct 23, 2007

  • Anne Tarrant requested a police presence, which she described as a precautionary measure because of the events from the July meeting.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • Bob Miller, the Kings' play-by-play announcer since 1973 and a Hockey Hall of Fame media honoree, is scheduled to undergo what he called a precautionary surgical procedure on

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  • An additional short-term precautionary IMF facility may be necessary as a standing facility offering liquidity available under preannounced rules.

    Beyond the Crash

  • This is called the precautionary principle, otherwise known as better safe than sorry.

    The UltraMind Solution

  • "The pilot wants to land here and make what he calls a precautionary cheek.

    Rat Race

  • In IMF parlance, that makes the loan "precautionary" -- meant to prevent financial fires rather than douse them once ignited.

    IMF Tweaks Loan Program in Bid to Attract Borrowers

  • In IMF parlance, that makes the loan "precautionary" -- one meant to prevent financial fires rather than douse them once ignited.

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  • During the financial crisis, the IMF did develop two new lines of credit called the precautionary and flexible credit lines.

    Portugal's Options to Avoid Bailout Dwindle

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