sensible, wise
adequate, appropriate, proper, reasonable

Condoms are a necessary precaution.

elaborate, great

the need to take great precautions to protect sources

basic, normal, simple, standard

You'll be safe if you observe certain basic precautions.


We take every precaution to ensure your safety.

added, additional, extra, special
fire, safety, security
follow, observe, take, use

Remember to use all necessary safety precautions.

as a precaution

She had to stay in hospital overnight, just as a precaution.

precaution against

a precaution against customers who try to leave without paying

precaution for

Staff are expected to take reasonable precautions for their own safety.

precaution of

I took the precaution of turning the water supply off first.

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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 — (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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

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  • 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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