The definition of a safeguard is someone or something that reduces or eliminates the risk of something undesirable happening.
A water alarm put under a dishwasher to prevent a flood if the dishwasher leaks is an example of a safeguard.
any person or thing that protects or guards against loss or injury; specif.,
a precaution or protective stipulation a permit or pass allowing safe passage Now Rare a convoy or guard a safety device, as on machinery
Origin of safeguard
from Middle French
: see save and guard
Something that provides protection against attack, loss, or injury, as:
a. A precautionary measure: The doctor prescribed antibiotics as a safeguard against infection. b. A mechanical device designed to prevent accidents or injury. c. A protective stipulation, as in a contract. d. A safe-conduct.
safe·guard·ed, safe·guard·ing, safe·guards
To ensure the safety or integrity of; protect or preserve:
a strategy to safeguard the country from attack; investments that can help safeguard one's savings.
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plural safeguards) Something that serves as a guard or protection; a defense. Getting a flu shot is a good safeguard against illness. One who, or that which, defends or protects; defence; protection. A safe-conduct or passport, especially in time of war. Verb
third-person singular simple present safeguards, present participle safeguarding, simple past and past participle safeguarded) to protect, to keep safe She kept a savings to safeguard against debt and emergencies. to escort safely safeguard - Computer Definition
A feature, procedure, process, or technique intended to
mitigate the effects of intrusion risk but that rarely if ever eliminates all risk. It does reduce risk to some
acceptable organizational or institutional level.
Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec
Security Response Website.