Precaution definition

prĭ-kôshən
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A measure taken beforehand against possible danger, failure, etc.
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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.

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Care taken beforehand; caution used in advance.
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Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
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A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.

To take precautions against risks of accident.

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: To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.
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(rare): To take precaution against. --John Dryden.
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The definition of a precaution is something done in advance in order to protect against a danger or hazard.

Putting boards over the windows to prevent break-ins is an example of a precaution.

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Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection.

A need for precaution when planning a vacation.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
precaution
Plural:
precautions

Origin of precaution

  • Late Latin praecautiō praecautiōn- from praecautus past participle of Latin praecavēre to guard against prae- pre- cavēre to beware

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French précaution, Latin praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum (“to guard against beforehand"); prae (“before") + cavere (“be on one's guard"). See pre-, and caution.

    From Wiktionary