verb (used with object)
Origin of precaution
Examples from the Web for precaution
As a precaution against a possible disturbance, the ferry was escorted by a police boat, its blue lights flashing.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The jacket and gloves were a precaution in the event the eaglet panicked, but there was little fuss as he tossed the net over her.
As a precaution, they have been placed on a 21-day fever watch.
But, the precaution falls flat on the upper floors of thin-walled barracks.Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins|Nick Willard|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These are mainly a precaution against random violence, like the shootings in Washington last week.The Return of Terror: Lessons of the Nairobi Shopping-Mall Siege|Christopher Dickey|September 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This, as I took it, was intended on his part as a precaution against suspicion of his friendliness.A Volunteer with Pike|Robert Ames Bennet
Some precaution, therefore, must be taken—I must find a better stopper.The Boy Tar|Mayne Reid
Not that he really wished Albert to be suspected of the crime, it was simply a precaution.The Widow Lerouge|Emile Gaboriau
I took the precaution, however, to put the burning-glass into my pocket, lest we should want fire.The Coral Island|R. M. Ballantyne
He took the precaution to place two or three men on sentry round it.Orange and Green|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for precaution
Word Origin for precaution
Word Origin and History for precaution
c.1600, from French précaution (16c.) and directly from Late Latin praecautionem (nominative praecautio) "a safeguarding," from past participle stem of Latin praecavere "to guard against beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + cavere "to be one's own guard" (see caution (n.)). The verb meaning "to warn (someone) in advance" is from c.1700.