• 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"

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