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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)
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I can't exactly agree that it was the right thing to do, but he, or some friend acting for him, seems to have taken precautions that we are not to suffer or lose money.
It struck him, as he gazed at the admirable structures and the wonderful precautions of their sagacious inmates, that even the brutes of these vast wilds were possessed of an instinct nearly commensurate with his own reason; and he could not reflect, without anxiety, on the unequal contest that he had so rashly courted.
It tickled Marco to the marrow to hear about such an odd character; but it also prepared him for acci- dents; and in my experience when you travel with a king who is letting on to be something else and can't remember it more than about half the time, you can't take too many precautions.
The Simpsons' moving was presided over by the village authorities and somewhat anxiously watched by the entire neighborhood, but in spite of all precautions a pulpit chair, several kerosene lamps, and a small stove disappeared from the church and were successfully swapped in the course of Mr.
How very comfortable they make it;impossible to feel cold with such precautions.
Brocklehurst and Miss Temple, I had not, at the same time, neglected precautions to secure my personal safety; which I thought would be effected, if I could only elude observation.
I knew that you could not keep up an acquaintance with your cousin without being brought into contact with him; and I knew he would detest you on my account; so for your own good, and nothing else, I took precautions that you should not see Linton again.
Vanstone had more than the average share of a woman's tenacity and a woman's tact; and she took all the needful precautions, in those early days, which her husband's less ready capacity had not the art to devise -- precautions to which they were largely indebted for the preservation of their secret in later times.
That, these lists could not be proved to be in the prisoner's handwriting; but that it was all the same; that, indeed, it was rather the better for the prosecution, as showing the prisoner to be artful in his precautions.
Turning these things over in my mind I deemed it possible that my aunt, who could know nothing of me, might suspect I had a habit of running away, and took precautions, on that account, to have me in safe keeping.
It was fortunate for me that I had to take precautions to ensure
Some precautions had been taken to place those entrances under the protection of projecting angles, by which they might be flanked in case of need by archers or slingers.