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"precaution" in British English

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precautionnoun

uk   /prɪˈkɔː.ʃən/ us   /prɪˈkɑː.ʃən/
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   /prɪˈkɔː.ʃən.ər.i/ us   /prɪˈkɑː.ʃən.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The company has withdrawn the drug as a precautionary measure.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)

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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 locking their doors and windows.
precautionary
adjective [not gradable] us   /prɪˈkɔ·ʃəˌner·i/
The company has withdrawn the drug as a precautionary measure while further testing is done.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   /prɪˈkɔːʃən/ us  
something that is done to try and protect a person or thing from something dangerous or harmful: The bank decided to reduce interest rates 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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“precaution” in British English

“precaution” in American English

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Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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