The definition of a precaution is something done in advance in order to protect against a danger or hazard.noun
Putting boards over the windows to prevent break-ins is an example of a precaution.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- care taken beforehand; caution used in advance
- a measure taken beforehand against possible danger, failure, etc.
Origin: Fr précaution < LL praecautio < L praecautus, pp. of praecavere < prae-, before (see pre-) + cavere, to take care: for IE base see hear
- precautionary adjective
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- An action taken in advance to protect against possible danger, failure, or injury; a safeguard: followed safety precautions when using heavy machinery.
- Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection: a need for precaution when planning a vacation.
Origin: Late Latin praecautiō, praecautiōn-, from praecautus, past participle of Latin praecavēre, to guard against : prae-, pre- + cavēre, to beware.