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
- To caution beforehand; warn.
- 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.
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
In this connection, the term precaution must not be used as a guise for trade protectionist measures as this would have the effect of casting doubt upon, and even undermining, environmental as well as trade policy objectives.
Tamiflu already has a label precaution about this potential side effect, which drew attention two years ago after reports of 12 deaths and about three dozen neuropsychiatric events in Japan in 2000 to 2005.
"I grant that precaution is necessary in dealing with them," Joan agreed; "but I believe that more satisfactory results can be obtained by treating them with discreet kindness and gentleness."
There are many people in the scientific community who agree that this precaution is necessary.
Adway lightly unfastened his holster in precaution, trying to remain as calm as he could.
Consequently the suggested precaution is hardly mild if we read this opinion broadly (as PatHMV seems to do).
The reason that I suggest that you take some sort of security precaution is because of the experience that I went through here.
Another precaution is to always store products in their original containers, says Dr. Muller.
Carefully I covered my rock cisterns with flat stones so that the sun's rays might not evaporate the precious fluid and in precaution against some upspringing of wind in the night and the sudden flying of spray.
As a preventive of intrigues the precaution is excellent.