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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Precaution  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Precaution  \Pre*cau"tion\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  F.  pr['e]cautionner.] 
  1.  To  warn  or  caution  beforehand.  --Locke. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  warding  off  an  impending  threat  [syn:  {safeguard}] 
  2:  the  trait  of  practicing  caution  in  advance 
  3:  judiciousness  in  avoiding  harm  or  danger;  "he  exercised 
  caution  in  opening  the  door";  "he  handled  the  vase  with 
  care"  [syn:  {caution},  {care},  {forethought}] 

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