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"precaution" in British English

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precautionnoun

uk   /prɪˈkɔː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈkɑː-/
C1 [C] an ​action that is done to ​prevent something ​unpleasant or ​dangeroushappening: Many ​people have been ​stockpilingfood as a precaution againstshortages. They ​failed to take the ​necessary precautions to ​avoidinfection.precautions [plural] a ​polite way of referring to ​contraception (= ​methods that ​prevent a woman ​becomingpregnant): 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The ​company has ​withdrawn the ​drug as a precautionary measure.
(Definition of precaution from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precaution" in American English

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precautionnoun [C]

 us   /prɪˈkɔ·ʃən/
an ​action taken to ​prevent something ​unpleasant or ​dangerous from ​happening: Homeowners should take the ​basic precaution of ​lockingtheirdoors and ​windows.
precautionary
adjective [not gradable]  us   /prɪˈkɔ·ʃəˌner·i/
The ​company has ​withdrawn the ​drug as a precautionary ​measure while ​furthertesting is done.
(Definition of precaution from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"precaution" in Business English

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precautionnoun [C, especially plural]

uk   us   /prɪˈkɔːʃən/
something that is done to ​try and ​protect a ​person or thing from something dangerous or harmful: The ​bank decided to ​reduceinterestrates as a precaution against ​inflation. We're taking every precaution necessary to ensure the ​safety of our ​employees. necessary/​safety/​security precautions
(Definition of precaution from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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