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Pronunciation:  pri'koshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
  2. [n]  the trait of practicing caution in advance
  3. [n]  judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"

PRECAUTION is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: care, caution, forethought, safeguard
 See Also: caution, circumspection, judiciousness, measure, security, security measures, step



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*cau"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]cation, L. praecautio,
    fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae
    before + cavere be on one's guard. See {Pre-}, and
    1. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to
       prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by
             They [ancient philosophers] treasured up their
             supposed discoveries with miserable precaution. --J.
                                                   H. Newman.
    2. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good
       or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions
       against accident.
  2. \Pre*cau"tion\, v. t. [Cf. F. pr['e]cautionner.]
    1. To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.
    2. To take precaution against. [R.] --Dryden.
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