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precaution  (prɪˈkɔːʃən



  1. an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event
  2. caution practised beforehand; circumspection

Derived Forms

preˈcautionary, preˈcautional  adjective
preˈcautious  adjective

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautiō, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae before + cavēre to beware


View thesaurus entry
= safeguard, insurance, protection, provision, safety measure, preventative measure, belt and braces (informal)

Translations for 'precaution'

  • British English: precaution A precaution is an action that is intended to prevent something dangerous or unpleasant from happening.They took the precaution of getting legal advice.prɪˈkɔːʃən NOUN
  • Arabic: إِحْتِيَاط
  • Brazilian Portuguese: precaução
  • Chinese: 预防
  • Croatian: predostrožnost
  • Czech: preventivní opatření
  • Danish: forholdsregel
  • Dutch: voorzorgsmaatregel
  • European Spanish: precaución
  • Finnish: varotoimi
  • French: précaution
  • German: Vorkehrung
  • Greek: προφύλαξη
  • Italian: precauzione
  • Japanese: 用心
  • Korean: 예방조치
  • Norwegian: forholdsregel
  • Polish: ostrożność
  • Portuguese: precaução
  • Romanian: prevedere prevederi
  • Russian: предосторожность
  • Spanish: precaución
  • Swedish: förebyggande åtgärd
  • Thai: การระมัดระวังไว้ก่อน
  • Turkish: önlem
  • Ukrainian: обережність
  • Vietnamese: lời cảnh báo

Example Sentences Including 'precaution'

You must satisfy your principals that every precaution has been taken to protect their investments.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
Wu Lin had taken the precaution of keeping the thirty-four rounds in a separate box.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
As an extra precaution he also wore a corset under a sober, beautifully cut Armani suit.
Forbes, Bryan A Song at Twilight


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