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precaution

pre·cau·tion

precaution

pronunciation:
prih kaw shn
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an action or measure taken beforehand to avoid or prevent a dangerous circumstance, or to ensure a favorable result.
She took the necessary precautions to avoid being caught.The acrobats always use a net as a precaution.
synonyms:
hedge, providence, provision
similar words:
defense, insurance, pains, protection, prudence
definition 2: care or caution taken in advance; foresight.
Realizing he could have been badly injured, he was thankful for his precaution.
synonyms:
circumspection, foresight, provision
similar words:
care, caution, chariness, forethought, preparation, prudence
Word Parts
The word precaution contains the following part:
pre- Latin prefix that means before
synonyms:
pro-2, ante-
antonyms:
post-