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precaution

  

      n  
1    an action taken to avoid a dangerous or undesirable event  
2    caution practised beforehand; circumspection  
     (C17: from French, from Late Latin praecautio, from Latin praecavere to guard against, from prae before + cavere to beware)  
  precautionary, precautional      adj  
  precautious      adj  
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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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