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

     

    precaution

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//prɪˈkɔːʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈkɔːʃn//
     
    [usually plural]
     
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  1. 1precaution (against something) something that is done in advance in order to prevent problems or to avoid danger safety precautions precautions against fire You must take all reasonable precautions to protect yourself and your family. I'll keep the letter as a precaution.
  2. 2precautions [plural] a way of referring to contraception We didn't take any precautions and I got pregnant.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘prudent foresight’): from French précaution, from late Latin praecautio(n-), from Latin praecavere, from prae ‘before’ + cavere ‘take heed, beware of’.Extra examples I took the precaution of turning the water supply off first. Remember to use all necessary safety precautions. She had to stay in hospital overnight, just as a precaution. Staff are expected to take reasonable precautions for their own safety. We take every precaution to ensure that you have a comfortable journey. We take every precaution to ensure your safety. You’ll be quite safe if you observe certain basic precautions. a precaution against customers who try to leave without paying the need to take great precautions to protect sources I’ll keep the letter as a precaution. Residents have a responsibility to take adequate precautions against fire. Serious injury can occur if proper safety precautions are not followed. You must take all reasonable precautions to protect yourself.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: precaution