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From French précaution, Latin praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum (to guard against beforehand); prae (before) + cavere (be on one's guard). See pre-, and caution.


  • IPA(key): /pɹiːˈkɔːʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: pre‧cau‧tion


precaution (countable and uncountable, plural precautions)

  1. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent misfortune or to secure good
    his life was saved by precaution
    • July 2, 1826, John Henry Newman, The Philosophical Temper, First Enjoined by the Gospel
      The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution.
  2. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.
    to take precautions against risks of accident

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precaution (third-person singular simple present precautions, present participle precautioning, simple past and past participle precautioned)

  1. (transitive) To warn or caution beforehand.
  2. (transitive, rare) To take precaution against.