precaution


precaution
precaution (n.) c.1600, from Fr. précaution (16c.), from L.L. praecautionem (nom. praecautio), from pp. stem of L. praecavere "to guard against beforehand," from prae "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + cavere "to be one's own guard" (see CAUTION (Cf. caution)).

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  • précaution — [ prekosjɔ̃ ] n. f. • mil. XVIe; lat. præcautio, de præcavere « prendre garde » 1 ♦ Disposition prise pour éviter un mal ou en atténuer l effet. ⇒ garantie, mesure, prévention, protection. Précautions contre les maladies. Ce serait une excellente …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • precaution — Precaution. s. f. Prevoyance dont on se sert pour ne pas tomber en quelque inconvenient, & pour éviter quelque mal. Precaution necessaire. precaution inutile. prendre ses precautions. apporter toutes les precautions necessaires en une chose. user …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • precaution — pre‧cau‧tion [prɪˈkɔːʆn ǁ ˈkɒː ] noun [countable] something done to prevent something unpleasant or dangerous happening: • All companies with limited resources must take precautions to limit their liability. • As a precaution, the company… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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 {Caution}.] 1. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to prevent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Precaution — Pre*cau tion, v. t. [Cf. F. pr[ e]cautionner.] 1. To warn or caution beforehand. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To take precaution against. [R.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precaution — [pri kô′shən] n. [Fr précaution < LL praecautio < L praecautus, pp. of praecavere < prae , before (see PRE ) + cavere, to take care: for IE base see HEAR] 1. care taken beforehand; caution used in advance 2. a measure taken beforehand… …   English World dictionary

  • precaution — I noun alertness, anticipation, attention, care, carefulness, caution, circumspection, forearming, foresight, forethought, guarantee, guardedness, heed, needfulness, premunition, preventive measures, prior measure, protection, providence,… …   Law dictionary

  • precaution — [n] carefulness; preventative measure anticipation, canniness, care, caution, circumspection, discreetness, discretion, foresight, forethought, insurance, protection, providence, provision, prudence, regard, safeguard, safety measure, wariness;… …   New thesaurus

  • precaution — ► NOUN 1) a measure taken in advance to prevent something undesirable from happening. 2) (precautions) informal contraception. DERIVATIVES precautionary adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from praecavere beware of in advance …   English terms dictionary

  • précaution — (pré kô sion ; en vers, de quatre syllabes) s. f. 1°   Ce qu on fait par prévoyance, pour éviter un mal. •   Borée et le Soleil virent un voyageur Qui s était muni par bonheur Contre le mauvais temps ; on entrait dans l automne, Quand la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré


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