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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRECAUTION

(b) What precaution should be taken in the use of flavorings?

Only she ought to have told him of the precaution she had taken.

This was a precaution we always took, on account of the craft's being so tender.

Where the forbidden thing is, no precaution can be too great.

Just by way of precaution, however, I'll ask you to wait in here till I'm off.

No; but it is necessary that every precaution should be taken with it.

Venner's plot showed the reality of the danger and justified the precaution.

Events proved that my precaution was not altogether useless.

I took the precaution to subscribe to no other newspaper than the Moniteur.

Thus Macquart did not even take the precaution to have the gates shut.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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