What does precaution mean?

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prɪˈkɔ ʃənpre·cau·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. precaution(noun)

    the trait of practicing caution in advance

  3. caution, precaution, care, forethought(noun)

    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

    "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"

Wiktionary

  1. precaution(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From précaution, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum; prae + cavere. See pre-, and caution.

  2. precaution(Noun)

    A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against risks of accident.

    Etymology: From précaution, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum; prae + cavere. See pre-, and caution.

  3. precaution(Verb)

    To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.

    Etymology: From précaution, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum; prae + cavere. See pre-, and caution.

  4. precaution(Verb)

    To take precaution against. --John Dryden.

    Etymology: From précaution, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum; prae + cavere. See pre-, and caution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precaution(noun)

    previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution

    Etymology: [F. prcation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution.]

  2. Precaution(noun)

    a measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against accident

    Etymology: [F. prcation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution.]

  3. Precaution(verb)

    to warn or caution beforehand

    Etymology: [F. prcation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution.]

  4. Precaution(verb)

    to take precaution against

    Etymology: [F. prcation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution.]

Freebase

  1. Precaution

    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

  1. Precaution

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precaution in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precaution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of precaution in a Sentence

  1. Frank Bandiera:

    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.

  2. Anton Ernst:

    We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact, the family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down.

  3. The Islamic militants:

    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.

  4. Kelly Jackson:

    The 18-month-old child coughed up some water and was transported to the hospital as a precaution but he was ok. Following the incident, the family installed a fence equipped with a locked door that goes to the pool. Kelly Jackson recalled hugging and thanking her daughter for her help. I hugged her, I cried and I still thank her every day, because honestly, in that matter, two seconds makes a huge difference. Following the heroic act, Halifax Mayor Mayor Mike Savage and Councilor Tony Mancini honored Lexie Comeau-Jackson on Wednesday with a special award, Global News reported.

  5. The Geneva researchers:

    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.

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