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  1. 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.
  1. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against accident.
    1. (transitive): To warn or caution beforehand. --w:Locke, Locke.
    2. (transitive): To take precaution against. R. --Dryden.
      Etymology: pr'ecation, praecautio, from praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae (before) + cavere (be on one's guard). See pre-, and caution.

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