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precaution

[pri-kaw-shuh n] /prɪˈkɔ ʃən/
noun
1.
a measure taken in advance to avert possible evil or to secure good results.
2.
caution employed beforehand; prudent foresight.
verb (used with object)
3.
to forewarn; put on guard.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin praecautiōn- (stem of praecautiō). See pre-, caution
Related forms
unprecautioned, adjective
Synonyms
2. forethought, prudence, circumspection.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-caution

precaution

/prɪˈkɔːʃən/
noun
1.
an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event
2.
caution practised beforehand; circumspection
Derived Forms
precautionary, precautional, adjective
precautious, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautiō, from Latin praecavēre to guard against, from prae before + cavēre to beware
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Word Origin and History for pre-caution

precaution

n.

c.1600, from French précaution (16c.) and directly from Late Latin praecautionem (nominative praecautio) "a safeguarding," from past participle stem of Latin praecavere "to guard against beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cavere "to be one's own guard" (see caution (n.)). The verb meaning "to warn (someone) in advance" is from c.1700.

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