precaution, safeguard, guard(noun)
a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
"he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
the trait of practicing caution in advance
caution, precaution, care, forethought(noun)
judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
"he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution. -- John Henry Newman.
A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against risks of accident.
: To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.
: To take precaution against. --John Dryden.
Origin: From précaution, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum; prae + cavere. See pre-, and caution.
previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution
a measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against accident
to warn or caution beforehand
to take precaution against
Origin: [F. prcation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution.]
Precaution is the first novel written by American author James Fenimore Cooper. It was written in imitation of contemporary English domestic novels like those of Jane Austen and Amelia Opie, and it did not meet with contemporary success. Cooper went on to have great success with works such as The Pathfinder and The Deerslayer. The American reading public responded most to The Last of the Mohicans.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prē-kaw′shun, n. caution or care beforehand: a preventive measure: something done beforehand to ward off evil or secure good.—v.t. to warn or advise beforehand.—adjs. Precau′tional, Precau′tionary, containing or proceeding from precaution: taking precaution. [Fr.,—L. præ, before, cavēre, to be careful.]
The numerical value of precaution in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of precaution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
In line with normal procedures in cases such as this, we have identified a small number of close contacts of Pauline's that we will be following up as a precaution.
The Geneva team has decided to allow time to understand what is happening. This precaution of momentarily suspending the trial is habitual and classic in all clinical trials.
We need to sort it out more, so we’re not sure yet, but just as a precaution, I don’t think parents should smoke at home - they should keep their kids away from secondhand smoke.
When the day comes, you cannot run away from death, whether under a tree, in bed, anywhere. no amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath.
We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.
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