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pre·cau·tion

 (prĭ-kô′shən)
n.
1. An action taken in advance to protect against possible danger, failure, or injury; a safeguard: followed safety precautions when using heavy machinery.
2. Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection: a need for precaution when planning a vacation.

[Late Latin praecautiō, praecautiōn-, from praecautus, past participle of Latin praecavēre, to guard against : prae-, pre- + cavēre, to beware.]

precaution

(prɪˈkɔːʃən)
n
1. an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event
2. caution practised beforehand; circumspection
[C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautiō, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae before + cavēre to beware]
preˈcautionary, preˈcautional adj
preˈcautious adj

pre•cau•tion

(prɪˈkɔ ʃən)

n.
1. a measure taken in advance to avert possible harm or misfortune.
2. caution employed beforehand; prudent foresight.
v.t.
3. to forewarn; put on guard.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin]
pre•cau′tion•ar′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.precaution - a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.precaution - 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"
measure, step - any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
backstop - a precaution in case of an emergency; "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
security measures, security - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
2.precaution - the trait of practicing caution in advance
circumspection, caution - the trait of being circumspect and prudent
3.precaution - judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
judiciousness - good judgment

precaution

noun
1. safeguard, insurance, protection, provision, safety measure, preventative measure, belt and braces (informal) This is purely a safety precaution.
2. forethought, care, caution, anticipation, prudence, foresight, providence, wariness, circumspection Exercise adequate precaution when out in public.

precaution

noun
1. Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk:
2. The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters:
Translations
إِحْتِيَاطحَيْطَه، إحْتِياط، إحْتِراس
opatrnostpředběžná opatřenípreventivní opatření
forholdsregel
varotoimi
predostrožnost
varúî; varúîarráîstöfun
用心
예방조치
atsargumoatsargumo priemonė
drošības pasākumspiesardzība
varnostni ukrep
förebyggande åtgärd
การระมัดระวังไว้ก่อน
lời cảnh báo

precaution

[prɪˈkɔːʃən] Nprecaución f
as a precautioncomo precaución, para mayor seguridad
to take precautions (gen) → tomar precauciones; (= use contraceptive) → usar anticonceptivos, tomar precauciones
to take the precaution of doing sthtomar la precaución de hacer algo
he took the precaution of hiding the lettertomó la precaución de esconder la carta

precaution

[prɪˈkɔːʃən] nprécaution f
to take precautions → prendre ses précautions
to take the precaution of doing sth → prendre la précaution de faire qch
as a precaution → par précaution

precaution

nSicherheitsmaßnahme f, → (Sicherheits)vorkehrung f, → Vorsichtsmaßnahme f; security precautionsSicherheitsmaßnahmen or -vorkehrungen pl; fire precautionsBrandschutzmaßnahmen pl; to take precautions against somethingVorsichtsmaßnahmen plgegen etw treffen; do you take precautions? (euph: = use contraception) → nimmst or machst du (irgend)etwas?; to take the precaution of doing somethingvorsichtshalber or sicherheitshalber etw tun

precaution

[prɪˈkɔːʃn] nprecauzione f
as a precaution → per precauzione
to take precautions → prendere precauzioni
to take the precaution of doing → prendere la precauzione di fare

precaution

(priˈkoːʃən) noun
care taken to avoid accidents, disease etc. They took every precaution to ensure that their journey would be safe and enjoyable.
preˈcautionary adjective

precaution

إِحْتِيَاط preventivní opatření forholdsregel Vorkehrung προφύλαξη precaución varotoimi précaution predostrožnost precauzione 用心 예방조치 voorzorgsmaatregel forholdsregel ostrożność precaução предосторожность förebyggande åtgärd การระมัดระวังไว้ก่อน önlem lời cảnh báo 预防

precaution

n. precaución, prevención.

precaution

n precaución f; as a precaution..por or como precaución; airborne precautions precauciones de transmisión aérea, precauciones aéreas (fam); contact precautions precauciones de contacto; droplet precautions precauciones de transmisión por gotas, precauciones por gotas (fam); standard precautions precauciones estándar; universal precautions (ant) precauciones universales (ant)
References in classic literature ?
It seems an unkind precaution to take against a fellow scientist," said Professor Bumper, "but I can not afford to take chances after what has occurred.
The repast, which was greatly aided by the addition of a few delicacies that Heyward had the precaution to bring with him when they left their horses, was exceedingly refreshing to the weary party.
At any rate, being a gentleman of steady nerves, he soon recovered himself, and failed not to approach his cousin with outstretched hand; adopting the sensible precaution, however, to cover his advance with a smile, so broad and sultry, that, had it been only half as warm as it looked, a trellis of grapes might at once have turned purple under its summer-like exposure.
To such an unwonted remoteness, however, had his spirit now withdrawn into itself that he stirred not in his chair when old Roger Chillingworth, without any extraordinary precaution, came into the room.
As the least tangle or kink in the coiling would, in running out, infallibly take somebody's arm, leg, or entire body off, the utmost precaution is used in stowing the line in its tub.
The gatekeeper was surly, and put him through a catechism, but he insisted that he knew nothing, and as he had taken the precaution to seal his letter, there was nothing for the gatekeeper to do but send it to the person to whom it was addressed.
Haley, I assure you that precaution is entirely unnecessary.
But about noon of the third day I had stopped in the road to take a precaution which had been suggested by the whip-stroke that had fallen to my share two days before; a precaution which I had afterward decided to leave untaken, I was so loath to institute it; but now I had just had a fresh reminder: while striding heedlessly along, with jaw spread and intellect at rest, for I was prophesying, I stubbed my toe and fell sprawling.
Mistress, in teaching me the alphabet, had given me the ~inch,~ and no precaution could pre- vent me from taking the ~ell.
She always travels with her own sheets; an excellent precaution.
Conversation however was not wanted, for Sir John was very chatty, and Lady Middleton had taken the wise precaution of bringing with her their eldest child, a fine little boy about six years old, by which means there was one subject always to be recurred to by the ladies in case of extremity, for they had to enquire his name and age, admire his beauty, and ask him questions which his mother answered for him, while he hung about her and held down his head, to the great surprise of her ladyship, who wondered at his being so shy before company, as he could make noise enough at home.
And issuing from my asylum with precaution, I sought a back-stairs which conducted directly to the kitchen.