Definition of precautionary in US English:

precautionary

adjective

  • Carried out as a precaution.

    ‘she was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure’
    • ‘We are therefore distributing a list of common-sense precautionary safety measures.’
    • ‘There will be a precautionary inspection at Southwell at 7.30 am tomorrow to decide if racing can go ahead there.’
    • ‘On another occasion, I was much more inclined to resist a precautionary procedure.’
    • ‘We do all sorts of precautionary things to give ourselves a sense of control.’
    • ‘We must always take the correct precautionary measures to assure the safety of our children.’
    preventative, preventive, safety, protective
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Pronunciation

precautionary

/prəˈkôSHəˌnerē//prəˈkɔʃəˌnɛri/