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precaution

  
  ( precautions    plural  ) A precaution is an action that is intended to prevent something dangerous or unpleasant from happening.      n-count  
Could he not, just as a precaution, move to a place of safety?..., Extra safety precautions are essential in homes where older people live.     
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precaution

  
1    belt and braces     (informal)   insurance, preventative measure, protection, provision, safeguard, safety measure  
2    anticipation, care, caution, circumspection, foresight, forethought, providence, prudence, wariness  

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