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English definition of “safety”

safety

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈseɪfti/
the state of being protected from danger or harm: You have a right to be protected against anything that can affect your safety. public/passenger/consumer safety
the condition of not being likely to cause damage or harm: the safety of sth Many people are wondering about the safety of some food imports. food/drug/product safety fire safety Apart from this one incident, the company has an excellent safety record.
used before a noun to describe equipment, rules, etc. that are designed to keep people from being harmed: safety glasses The company is now a world leader in car safety seats. The iron's best safety feature is that it shuts off automatically. The building is not compliant with the new safety standards. The law requires a certificate showing that the latest safety tests have been carried out. safety procedures.
air/workplace/mine, etc. safety the fact of keeping people safe in a particular place: Fletcher is an independent mine safety consultant in New Zealand. We always make air safety our first priority.
→ See also health and safety, margin of safety
(Definition of safety from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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