• WordNet 3.6
    • n precaution a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc. "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution","an insurance policy is a good safeguard","we let our guard down"
    • n precaution the trait of practicing caution in advance
    • n precaution judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger "he exercised caution in opening the door","he handled the vase with care"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
    • Precaution A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions against accident.
    • Precaution Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by precaution . "They [ancient philosophers] treasured up their supposed discoveries with miserable precaution ."
    • Precaution To take precaution against.
    • Precaution To warn or caution beforehand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n precaution Previous caution; prudent foresight; care previously employed to prevent mischief or secure good results.
    • n precaution A measure taken beforehand; an act of foresight, designed to ward off possible evil or to secure good results.
    • precaution To caution beforehand; warn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Precaution prē-kaw′shun caution or care beforehand: a preventive measure: something done beforehand to ward off evil or secure good
    • v.t Precaution to warn or advise beforehand
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  • Alfred Adler
    “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The torment of precautions often exceeds often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. précation, L. praecautio, fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae, before + cavere, be on one's guard. See Pre-, and Caution


In literature:

Even on the water they would not neglect this precaution.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There may be no need of it yet, but we will get back in the habit of it, and an ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cure.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
He thought he had taken every possible precaution.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I must take precautions of some sort to provide against such a possibility.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
Whole crews on the coast of Africa, and in the West Indies, have been thus swept away, despite every precaution.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Every porthole was closed, and every precaution taken so that not a gleam of light could be seen.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
During the movement every precaution must be taken to keep secret the fact that troops are abroad.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
In doing so, precautions must be taken against splintering and spoiling the wood.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
I took the precaution, however, to buy a brace of pistols in the town.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
But all Mr. Graham's precautions would have been useless, had not chance once more favoured the Chevalier.
"The True Story Book"
They are supposed to be capable of inflicting disease or pain, and precautions are taken against them.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
A highly logical precaution!
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It had been built so from precaution.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
With well-trained old birds this precaution is unnecessary.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Every precaution was taken to carry off the water left by the storms.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
Was it as a general precaution, or was it on account of Madame Bourrat?...
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
But, as I have already said, I am a man of precautions and I held my tongue.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Her maid arranged the cushions for her, threw a shawl over her feet, and left her on tip-toe, shutting the door with elaborate precautions.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Never neglect a precaution; never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Redoubled precautions would be necessary in regaining the barracks.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein

In poetry:

to the left to the right
the god gives a shake
and I walk
towards the other side
with infinite precaution
"Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)" by Jean Cocteau
No; if a mother's tears, a mother's prayers,
A mother's fond precautions can prevail,
He shall not die. I have a thought, my Miriam,
Will bless the secret purpose of my soul,
To save his precious life.
"Moses In The Bulrushes. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

No further precautions at Arundel school amid meningitis death .
Take precaution before you take an order.
The risk of a human getting infected is minimal, as long as people take proper precautions, officials said in a news release from Riverside County.
The ring dike at Morris will likely be partially closed as a precaution tomorrow because of forecasted winds, the province said in today's flood bulletin.
McIlvaine Early Childhood Center in Caesar Rodney was evacuated Thursday as a precaution against carbon monoxide.
With a little preparation and a few precautions, pets and motorhoming can be a rewarding combination.
Meanwhile, there were precautions in place today to make sure that didn't happen.
The building was evacuated as a precaution.
Students and staff are being evacuated as a precaution.
JONESBORO—The Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services (CCFES) is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to stay safe, by offering three safety tips for " fall back " time.
Testing was done on 30 children and 15 were sent to hospital as a precaution on Monday.
The state fire marshal is urging Ohioans to take fire safety precautions when decorating for the holidays.
Many are taking extra precautions in this heat advisory to avoid getting sick.
officials urge flood safety precautions.
Experts warn to take precautions, and don't travel if you're sick.

In science:

However, a real system will always contain some degree of imperfection and pollution – despite all precautions.
Summary and Outlook of the International Workshop on Aging Phenomena in Gaseous Detectors (DESY, Hamburg, October, 2001)
Without taking any of the precautions outlined in this paper, an unphysical ‘settling’ occurs, caused by poor boundary conditions and differences in the EOS.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
The operation of WIMP detectors in an underground laboratory using all the typical precautions of rare event searches (material selection, shielding) is mandatory.
WIMP direct detection overview
Special precautions are taken in each of the experiments to reduce contributions from 222Rn (3.8 days) to a very small level.
Astrophysical Neutrino Telescopes
As an additional precaution, every patch is extended in every direction by adding two extra cells.
A new multidimensional AMR Hydro+Gravity Cosmological code
One alternative interpretation is that the detected non-Gaussianity is actually spectral nonstationarity in the time series. A deliberate precaution of this study is being careful to select short segments of speech that appear to be as regular as possible.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
Their separate treatment here is a precaution because it may be suspected that the surroundings of a cluster have particularly large peculiar velocities.
The Hubble Constant: A Summary of the HST Program for the Luminosity Calibration of Type Ia Supernovae by Means of Cepheids
This warning is not a mere precaution, it is rather a pointer to possible future progress in the domain.
Tests of general relativity in the solar system
This warning is not a mere precaution, it is rather a pointer to possible future progress in the domain.
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
We show that with comparable precautions as those proposed by Mayers and Yao the 6-state protocol remains secure.
Generalized self-testing and the security of the 6-state protocol
But, it is worth noticing that as a decision rule precaution is incoherent according to .
Informal Control code logic
In our case no such precaution is taken and we just remap the initial conditions onto the rotated grid.
Constrained-Transport Magnetohydrodynamics with Adaptive-Mesh-Refinement in CHARM
Actually if we were only interested in rate-optimality, this precaution would not have been necessary.
Minimax testing of a composite null hypothesis defined via a quadratic functional in the model of regression
A word of precaution is appropriate: the real and generated distributions are not independent, one is produced from the other using swapping technique.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro
However, in order to retain the freedom of making alternative choices (for the purpose of checking consistency as a precaution against algebraic error) we shall provisionally retain the option of letting v vary from one world sheet to another as an arbitrary differentiable field.
Dynamical instability criterion for circular (vorton) string loops