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precaution

noun uk   /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.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.
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precautionary
adjective uk   /-ər.i/ us    /-er.i/
The company has withdrawn the drug as a precautionary measure.
Translations of “precaution”
in Korean 예방 조치…
in Arabic اِحْتِياط…
in French précaution…
in Turkish önlem, tedbir…
in Italian precauzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 預防,預防措施…
in Russian предосторожность…
in Polish zabezpieczenie, środek zapobiegawczy…
in Spanish precaución…
in Portuguese precaução…
in German die Vorsichtsmaßregel…
in Catalan precaució…
in Japanese 予防策, 用心, 警戒…
in Chinese (Simplified) 预防,预防措施…
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