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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precautionary, precautionaladjective

    taken in advance to protect against possible danger or failure

    "gave precautionary advice"; "I would take precautionary steps to keep him away"


  1. precautionaryadjective

    Of, pertaining to, or serving as a precaution

    The article 3.3 of the UNFCCC states the precautionary principle.


  1. precautionary

    Precautionary refers to something done, taken, or initiated to prevent, mitigate or avoid potential harm, danger, damage, risk, or any undesirable consequence before it happens. It involves intentional actions carried out with careful forethought and planning in anticipation of possible threat or hazard. It is often associated with safety measures, protective steps, preventive methods, and advance preparations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precautionaryadjective

    of or pertaining to precaution, or precautions; as, precautionary signals

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precautionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precautionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of precautionary in a Sentence

  1. Tim Hall:

    Coleman is fine, i just felt the timing is not appropriate for him to compete right now. ..precautionary reasons.

  2. John Carmack:

    I don't buy into the precautionary principle idea where it's like, if there's a chance of something going wrong we should take mitigation measures for it, if there's demonstrated harm, then yes, we should try to mitigate the harm and balance it against the value that's created... but I think generally the right thing to do is to wait until harm actually manifests.

  3. Director Christine Lagarde:

    One could think about strengthening and broadening the global precautionary financing instruments that work for everyone, one could also increase the size of the safety net. Over the next few months, the IMF will be considering with our members these and other issues related to the international monetary system.

  4. Drugmaker Novartis:

    A precautionary distribution stop of all Sandoz ranitidine-containing medicines in all our markets will remain in place under further clarification, this includes capsules in the USA. Our internal investigation is ongoing to determine further details. In case of concerns, adequate additional measures will be implemented in alignment with relevant Health Authorities as required.

  5. Sayyed Ali Fadlallah:

    The foundation's name was not mentioned in this law ... what is happening now are precautionary measures taken by some institutions that are dealing with this matter far removed from the accuracy required to ensure no one is done an injustice.

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