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English definition of “precaution”

precaution

noun     /prɪˈkɔː.ʃən/ US  /-ˈkɑː-/
C1 [C] an action that is done to prevent something unpleasant or dangerous happening : Many people have been stockpiling food as a precaution against shortages . They failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid infection .Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues precautions [plural] a polite way of referring to contraception (= methods that prevent a woman becoming pregnant ): If you're going to have sex , make sure you take precautions.Contraception precautionary     /-ər.i/ US  /-er.i/ adjective The company has withdrawn the drug as a precautionary measure .Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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