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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precaution, safeguard, guardnoun

    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. safe-conduct, safeguardverb

    a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war

  3. safeguardverb

    make safe

  4. safeguardverb

    escort safely


  1. safeguardnoun

    something that serves as a guard or protection; a defense

    Getting a flu shot is a good safeguard against illness.

  2. safeguardnoun

    a safe-conduct, especially in time of war

  3. safeguardverb

    to protect, to keep safe

    She kept a savings to safeguard against debt and emergencies.

  4. safeguardverb

    to escort safely

  5. Etymology: From safe + guard

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Safeguardnoun

    Etymology: safe and guard.

    We serve the living God as near as our wits can reach to the knowledge thereof, even according to his own will; and do therefore trust, that his mercy shall be our safeguard. Richard Hooker.

    If you do fight in safeguard of your wives,
    Your wives shall welcome home the conquerors. William Shakespeare.

    The smallest worm will turn, if trod upon;
    And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood. William Shakespeare.

    Cæsar, where dangers threatened on the one side, and the opinion that there should be in him little safeguard for his friends on the other, chose rather to venture upon extremities, than to be thought a weak protector. Walter Raleigh.

    Great numbers, descended from them, have, by the blessing of God upon their industry, raised themselves so high in the world as to become, in times of difficulty, a protection and a safeguard to that altar, at which their ancestors ministred. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Thy sword, the safeguard of thy brother’s throne,
    Is now become the bulwark of thy own. George Granville.

    On safeguard he came to me. William Shakespeare.

    A trumpet was sent to the earl of Essex for a safeguard or pass to two lords, to deliver a message from the king to the two houses. Edward Hyde.

  2. To Safeguardverb

    To guard; to protect.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We have locks to safeguard necessaries,
    And pretty traps to catch the petty thieves. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.


  1. Safeguard

    A safeguard, in international law, is a restraint on international trade or economic development to protect communities from development aggression or home industries from foreign competition. In the World Trade Organization (WTO), a member may take a safeguard action, such as restricting imports of a product temporarily to protect a domestic industry from an increase in imports causing or threatening to cause injury to domestic production. In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, safeguards are intended to protect indigenous peoples and other local communities with traditional knowledge of natural resource management within efforts towards reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.The WTO and UNFCCC concepts are related within international law.


  1. safeguard

    A safeguard is a measure, provision, or precaution taken to protect something or someone from harm, damage, or any possible negative outcome. It can also refer to laws or regulations designed to ensure safety and prevent misconduct or abuse in various areas such as finance, technology, personal rights, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Safeguardnoun

    one who, or that which, defends or protects; defense; protection

  2. Safeguardnoun

    a convoy or guard to protect a traveler or property

  3. Safeguardnoun

    a pass; a passport; a safe-conduct

  4. Safeguardverb

    to guard; to protect

  5. Etymology: [Safe = guard: cf. F. sauvegarde.]


  1. Safeguard

    In the technical language of the World Trade Organization system, a safeguard is used to restrain international trade in order to protect a certain home industry from foreign competition. A member may take a “safeguard” action to protect a specific domestic industry from an increase in imports of any product which is causing, or which is threatening to cause, serious injury to the domestic industry that produces like or directly competitive products.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. safeguard

    Protection given to secure a people from oppression in time of trouble.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. safeguard

    A protection granted by the general of an army for the safety of an enemy’s lands or persons, to preserve them from being insulted or plundered. For punishment of persons forcing a safeguard, see Appendix, Articles of War, 57.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of safeguard in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of safeguard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of safeguard in a Sentence

  1. Demosthenes:

    There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies against despots -- suspicion.

  2. President Tsai:

    The recent situation in Ukraine proves that, in addition to international support and assistance, it boils down to the unity of our people to safeguard our country, this training mission implements the spirit of all-out defense.

  3. Ron Wyden:

    Tech companies have an extraordinary special safeguard against legal liability, but that unique protection comes with a responsibility.

  4. New York:

    We take these steps, as we said earlier, out of an abundance of caution. By proceeding in this way, we can better safeguard the health and well-being of the NYU community but still fulfill our academic responsibilities.

  5. Standard Chartered:

    Oppose violence, restore social order, safeguard Hong Kong's status as an international financial center.

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