Definition of precaution in English:

precaution

noun

  • A measure taken in advance to prevent something dangerous, unpleasant, or inconvenient from happening.

    ‘he had taken the precaution of seeking legal advice’
    • ‘The government is purchasing and storing medicines and vaccines as a precaution against future attacks.’
    • ‘No one was injured during the incident but staff were evacuated as a precaution while firefighters made the area safe.’
    • ‘He will sign the act; it is a necessary precaution and the only course of action possible at this time.’
    • ‘The sisters have even gone to the precaution of popping their valuables into the boot and they've still been stolen.’
    • ‘Of course I took the precaution of turning my light off first, and it was a lucky thing I did.’
    • ‘Follow all necessary safety precautions and turn the laser on.’
    • ‘Keep your seatbelt fastened at all times when seated as an extra precaution in case of unexpected turbulence.’
    • ‘Many of these fatalities and injuries could have been prevented if proper safety precautions were taken.’
    • ‘You'd been checking yourself every day, as a matter of course, as a precaution.’
    • ‘Moving the transfer date was a sensible precaution against anticipated insurgent attacks.’
    • ‘As a precaution against the disease lingering, quick lime was poured into the graves.’
    • ‘Because your shoulder girdle is an injury-prone area, take the following extra safety precautions when performing overhead presses.’
    • ‘Direct telescope viewing is not recommended, since special precautions must be taken to avoid permanent eye damage.’
    • ‘In particular, the building has inadequate fire precautions and no provision for thermal insulation.’
    • ‘The action has been taken as a veterinary precaution against the spread of foot and mouth infection.’
    • ‘Working online without taking these necessary security precautions is simply asking for trouble.’
    • ‘Both boys were taken to York Hospital and have been put on a course of penicillin as a precaution.’
    • ‘Other high-risk procedures, including endotracheal intubation and bronchoscopy, also require special precautions.’
    • ‘They're safe if you follow the precautions on the label, which suggest ventilating your work area.’
    • ‘Armed officers had been used as a precaution in case anyone was inside.’
    safeguard, preventative measure, preventive measure, safety measure, insurance, defence, provision
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘prudent foresight’): from French précaution, from late Latin praecautio(n-), from Latin praecavere, from prae ‘before’ + cavere ‘take heed, beware of’.

Pronunciation

precaution

/prəˈkɔʃ(ə)n//prəˈkôSH(ə)n/