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precautionary principle

noun
1.
the precept that an action should not be taken if the consequences are uncertain and potentially dangerous
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Contemporary definitions for precautionary principle
noun

the theory that an action should be taken when a problem or threat occurs, not after harm has been inflicted; an approach to decision- making in risk management which justifies preventive measures or policies despite scientific uncertainty about whether detrimental effects will occur

Examples

The precautionary principle was adopted by the UN Conference on Environment and Development.

Word Origin

1988

noun

in environmental matters, the theory that if the effects of a product or action are unknown, then the product should not be used or the action should not be taken

Examples

A comprehensive definition of the precautionary principle was spelled out in a meeting of scientists, lawyers, policy makers and environmentalists.

Word Origin

1988

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