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Noun: precaution  pri'ko-shun
  1. A precautionary measure warding off impending danger, damage or injury etc.
    "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution";
    - safeguard, guard
  2. The trait of practising caution in advance
  3. Judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger
    "he exercised precaution in opening the door";
    - caution, care, forethought

Derived forms: precautions

Type of: caution, circumspection, judiciousness, measure, step