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precaution

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noun pre·cau·tion \pri-ˈkȯ-shən\

Simple Definition of precaution

  • : something that is done to prevent possible harm or trouble from happening in the future

Full Definition of precaution

  1. 1 :  care taken in advance :  foresight <warned of the need for precaution>

  2. 2 :  a measure taken beforehand to prevent harm or secure good :  safeguard <take the necessary precautions>

pre·cau·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of precaution

  1. Be sure to follow the usual safety precautions when cooking outdoors.

  2. When driving, she always wears her seatbelt as a precaution.

  3. Every home owner should take precautions against fire.

  4. She took the precaution of packing extra medicine for the trip.



Origin of precaution

French précaution, from Late Latin praecaution-, praecautio, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae- + cavēre to be on one's guard — more at hear


First Known Use: 1603



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