from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An action taken in advance to protect against possible danger, failure, or injury; a safeguard: followed safety precautions when using heavy machinery.
- n. Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection: a need for precaution when planning a vacation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
- n. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against risks of accident.
- v. : To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.
- v. : To take precaution against. --John Dryden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good.
- n. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act.
- transitive v. To warn or caution beforehand.
- transitive v. To take precaution against.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Previous caution; prudent foresight; care previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good results.
- n. A measure taken beforehand; an act of foresight, designed to ward off possible evil or to secure good results.
- To caution beforehand; warn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
- n. the trait of practicing caution in advance
- n. judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
Late Latin praecautiō, praecautiōn-, from praecautus, past participle of Latin praecavēre, to guard against : prae-, pre- + cavēre, to beware.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French précaution, Latin praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum ("to guard against beforehand"); prae ("before") + cavere ("be on one's guard"). See pre-, and caution. (Wiktionary)