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 for precaution
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Precaution \Pre*cau"tion\, v. t. [Cf. F. pr['e]cautionner.]
     1. To warn or caution beforehand. --Locke.
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     2. To take precaution against. [R.] --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Precaution \Pre*cau"tion\, n. [F. pr['e]cation, L. praecautio,
     fr. praecavere, praecautum, to guard against beforehand; prae
     before + cavere be on one's guard. See Pre-, and
     1. Previous caution or care; caution previously employed to
        prevent mischief or secure good; as, his life was saved by
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              They [ancient philosophers] treasured up their
              supposed discoveries with miserable precaution. --J.
                                                    H. Newman.
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     2. A measure taken beforehand to ward off evil or secure good
        or success; a precautionary act; as, to take precautions
        against accident.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or
           damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as
           a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard";
           "we let our guard down" [syn: precaution, safeguard,
      2: the trait of practicing caution in advance
      3: judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised
         caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
         [syn: caution, precaution, care, forethought]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "precaution":
     alertness, anticipation, apprehension, attention, canniness, care,
     caution, cautiousness, chariness, circumspection, cover,
     discreetness, discretion, escape, forearming, forebode,
     forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness, forethought,
     forethoughtfulness, forewarn, give advance notice, insurance,
     measures, portend, precautions, precautiousness, premonish,
     prenotify, preventive measure, prewarn, protection, providence,
     provision, prudence, safeguard, steps, steps and measures,
     tell in advance, vigilance, wariness, watchfulness

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