- Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution.
- The ancient philosophers treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable . --J. H. Newman.
- A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against accident.
Translations: Etymology: pr'ecation, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae (before) + cavere (be on one's guard). See pre-, and caution.
- (transitive): To warn or caution beforehand. --w:Locke, Locke.
- (transitive): To take precaution against. R. --Dryden.
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