Definition of safeguard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrd//
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safeguard (against something) something that is designed to protect people from harm, risk or danger Stronger legal safeguards are needed to protect the consumer. The measures have been introduced as a safeguard against fraud. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting protection or safe conduct): from Old French sauve garde, from sauve ‘safe’ + garde ‘guard’.Extra examples Appropriate safeguards would have to be built into the procedures to avoid abuses. Does the procedure provide adequate safeguards against corruption? The credit agreement includes a safeguard against overcharging. The elections will go ahead, provided that adequate safeguards are in place.
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