precaution


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

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 was in reality a fall of 8,296 leagues on an orb, it is true, where weight could only be reckoned at one sixth of terrestrial weight; a formidable fall, nevertheless, and one against which every precaution must be taken without delay.
It was a journey of fifteen days through part of the country possessed by the Galles, which made it necessary to take troops with us for our security; yet, notwithstanding this precaution, the hazard of the expedition appeared so great, that our friends bid us farewell with tears, and looked upon us as destined to unavoidable destruction.
But this fury had vented itself most fully on the two brothers when they were overtaken by the murderers, thanks to the precaution which William -- the man of precautions -- had taken in having the gates of the city closed.
This was a necessary precaution, in order to secure equality betwixt the two bodies who should be opposed to each other.
On any scale it is an object of laudable circumspection and precaution.
Why, in this way: if Coysel says loud enough for the cardinal to hear him, on such or such a day such a prisoner will escape, 'tis plain that the cardinal will take measures of precaution and that the prisoner will not escape.
said he, "you two gentlemen intend to wait until you have taken that precaution before you measure your swords against mine.
A hansom was procured with such precaution as would prevent its being one which was placed ready for us, and I drove immediately after breakfast to the Lowther Arcade, through which I hurried at the top of my speed.
He took the precaution of surrounding the palace with a dense cloud, and then hastened to his Court, where his prolonged absence was causing much anxiety.
The enlightened friends to good government in every State, have seen cause to lament the want of precise and explicit precautions in the State constitutions on this head.
One operation alone remained to be accomplished to bring all to a happy termination; an operation delicate and perilous, requiring infinite precautions, and against the success of which Captain Nicholl had laid his third bet.
He then condemned the work of Jupiter, because he had not placed the heart of man on the outside, that everyone might read the thoughts of the evil disposed and take precautions against the intended mischief.