precaution

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noun pre·cau·tion \ pri-ˈkȯ-shən \

Definition of precaution

1 :care taken in advance :foresight
  • warned of the need for precaution
2 :a measure taken beforehand to prevent harm or secure good :safeguard
  • take the necessary precautions

precautionary

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Examples of precaution in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

precaution Synonyms


PRECAUTION Defined for English Language Learners

precaution

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Definition of precaution for English Language Learners

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


PRECAUTION Defined for Kids

precaution

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noun pre·cau·tion \ pri-ˈkȯ-shən \

Definition of precaution for Students

:something done beforehand to prevent harm or trouble or bring about good results
  • You should take precautions against fire.


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