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PRECAUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precaution mean? 

PRECAUTION (noun)
  The noun PRECAUTION has 3 senses:

1. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
2. the trait of practicing caution in advance
3. judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

  Familiarity information: PRECAUTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECAUTION (noun)


Sense 1precaution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

precaution; safeguard; guard

Context examples:

he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution / an insurance policy is a good safeguard / we let our guard down

Hypernyms ("precaution" is a kind of...):

measure; step (any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "precaution"):

backstop (a precaution in case of an emergency)

security; security measures (measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.)


Sense 2precaution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of practicing caution in advance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("precaution" is a kind of...):

caution; circumspection (the trait of being circumspect and prudent)


Sense 3precaution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

care; forethought; caution; precaution

Context examples:

he exercised caution in opening the door / he handled the vase with care

Hypernyms ("precaution" is a kind of...):

judiciousness (good judgment)


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