Definition of precaution
- warned of the need for precaution
- take the necessary precautions
Be sure to follow the usual safety precautions when cooking outdoors.
When driving, she always wears her seatbelt as a precaution.
Every home owner should take precautions against fire.
She took the precaution of packing extra medicine for the trip.
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: something that is done to prevent possible harm or trouble from happening in the future
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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